A massive fire broke out at an Israeli military facility in the West Bank early on Saturday amid rising tensions in the occupied territories.
According to the Palestinian media sources, the blaze started at the base close to the town of al-Ram, which lies northeast of al-Quds, is still burning.
اندلاع حريق داخل معسكر لجيش الاحتلال قرب بلدة الرام شمال القدس المحتلة فجر اليوم pic.twitter.com/JVW4mdQZlA— معتز أبوريدة_غزة 𓂆 🇵🇸 (@Palestine_Gaz) July 2, 2022
There were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of the damage caused.
This comes as tensions have been increasing in recent weeks in the wake of Israeli forces’ intensified raids, including one in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of al-Quds.
On June 29, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian fighter in the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin, after armed clashes broke out between the Israeli army and Palestinians following a dawn army raid.
Muhammad Maher Marei died after being shot in the chest. The bullet had pierced Marei’s heart, according to the head of the Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital in Jenin, Wissam Baker.
“This is most likely a bullet from a sniper that aimed to kill,” Baker said.
“This is what we’ve been getting used to in the recent raids on Jenin governorate – no raid takes place without lethal injuries. Even those that are wounded come with critical injuries,” he added.
The Palestinian resistance group Islamic Jihad said that Marei had been one of their fighters, and died “confronting” an Israeli raid.
Reports of sexual assault, harassment steeply increase in Israeli military
Meanwhile, reports of sexual assault and harassment at Israeli military bases and barracks have increased significantly in recent years.
The Israeli military recorded 46 reports of sexual assault in 2021 compared to twenty-two reports the previous year, according to the Israeli public broadcaster Kan.
The increase in reports of such incidents which were particularly common among female soldiers is attributed to the fact that troops now know that they can lodge complaints.
This comes as the actual number of sexual harassment and assault is thought to be much higher than what has been announced.
Kan also said the number of requests for psychological support as a result of sexual assaults in the Israeli army has also doubled, and now stands at 542 cases.
Back in February, an Israeli officer was indicted on several counts of sexual assault against three of his subordinates.
According to Kan network, a female soldier filed a complaint against the officer after she was released from the military. The Israeli army then located two other enlisted soldiers who were also allegedly sexually assaulted by the officer.
The military said the officer, who holds the rank of second lieutenant, was charged on February 3 with forcible indecent acts toward female soldiers under his command. Kan said there were 11 charges in total.
The incident came after a military tribunal sentenced an officer a month earlier to a year and a half in jail for secretly filming dozens of female soldiers in intimate situations.