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Israel steps up raids on Jenin after 'heroic' Palestinian operation

Israeli occupation forces are seen raiding a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on April 10, 2022. (Photo by Palestine’s Ma’an news agency)

Israeli occupation forces have launched a new wave of brutal raids and arrests against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, following a shooting operation by a young Palestinian in a crowded entertainment area of Tel Aviv.

The Palestinian Health Ministry announced on Sunday that at least 10 people sustained injuries in fierce clashes with Israeli soldiers in Jenin as well as in Ariha and Tulkarem, with media reports saying 24 Palestinians were arrested in various West Bank cities.

The occupation forces also stormed the town of Y’bad, southwest of the city of Jenin, and raided the Palestinian houses, assaulting their residents and subjecting them to severe beatings.

The Israeli military also said in a brief message that, “Troops are currently operating in the city of Jenin,” in the north of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestine Health Ministry reported on Saturday that one Palestinian was martyred and 13 were wounded during clashes between local residents in Jenin and the armed forces of the occupying regime.

The latest Israeli violence in Jenin came after an attack on Thursday evening, when a Palestinian youth, identified as Ra’ad Fathi Hazem, entered a pub on a crowded main street of Tel Aviv and began shooting, killing three Israelis and wounding more than a dozen others.

The 28-year-old, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, was killed by Israeli forces in a pre-dawn firefight near a mosque on the first Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Palestinian resistance groups hailed the “heroic operation” as a “natural and legitimate response to the escalation of the occupation’s crimes.”

Palestinians have ramped up retaliatory attacks against Israeli forces in recent weeks, carrying out a series of operations that have killed at least 11 Israelis since March 22. Eight Palestinians have also been killed during the same period.

Last week, a Palestinian man identified as Diaa Hamarsheh killed five Israelis, including a policeman, before being shot dead in the ultra-orthodox town of Bnei Brak east of Tel Aviv. The operation came days after two Palestinian gunmen killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded four others in a shooting attack in the northern Israeli city of Hadera before being shot dead.

The occupying regime has since the start of Ramadan scaled up its crackdown on Palestinians who gather for Iftar, a meal served at the end of the fasting day during the holy month. Israel has also deployed a large number of its forces to disperse the worshipers. The violence, repeated on a daily basis, has led to fierce clashes between Israelis and Palestinians across the occupied territories.

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