Israel Defense Forces raided the Jenin refugee camp Tuesday night in an attempt to apprehend al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade leader Muhammad Abu al-Baha’a.
Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade is the militant wing of the Hamas terror organization, which runs the Gaza Strip. Abu al-Baha’a is believed to be the local Jenin leader of the group.
The operation was the most significant IDF counter-terror initiative in Jenin since an arrest operation two weeks ago, when security forces apprehended two suspects involved in shooting attacks in Judea and Samaria, known internationally as the West Bank.
During the operation, al-Baha’a’s house was surrounded by IDF troops and shots were fired toward the building in a method referred to as the “pressure cooker.”
While Israeli forces did arrest two suspects in the operation, al-Baha’a was not captured.
Both IDF and Palestinian sources reported heavy gunfire during the operation, with the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry claiming four armed suspects were killed during the clashes and at least 20 wounded.
The IDF reported no casualties to its forces.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad later claimed that its forces had participated in the attack against IDF troops and security forces working in Jenin.
Israeli forces used a Maoz-type loitering munition, often referred to as a kamikaze drone, to attack a group of armed assailants who shot at the soldiers while they surrounded the home of al-Baha’a.
While Israeli military forces were withdrawing from the camp, one vehicle was hit by an explosive device, leading to further clashes as IDF troops worked to rescue the vehicle.
Hamas official Mushir al-Masri said that such IDF raids would lead to further attacks, warning “the Israeli enemy must realize that the security of Tel Aviv is linked to the security of Jenin.”
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.