Israel has withdrawn its forces from the Palestinian city of Jenin, bringing to a conclusion one of its largest ever military operations in the occupied West Bank. Witnesses reported Israeli military convoys leaving the city under the cover of darkness, marking the end of the operation.
While the withdrawal took place, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched five rockets towards Israel. However, there have been no immediate reports of casualties resulting from these attacks. In response, Israel swiftly retaliated by launching airstrikes on an underground munitions factory located in Gaza.
Following the Israeli withdrawal, the residents of the refugee camp in Jenin immediately began the arduous task of cleaning and repairing their homes. Efforts were underway to clear debris and restore power to the area, with the aim of regaining a sense of normalcy after the intense military operation.
Funerals were held for those who lost their lives during the operation. Armed men solemnly carried the bodies of the fallen, accompanied by chants of resistance. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the escalation, referring to it as an “open war against the people of Jenin.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a visit to an army base near Jenin, expressed his determination to continue efforts aimed at “eradicating terrorism.” Netanyahu’s visit underscored Israel’s commitment to maintaining its security interests in the region.
Residents who had evacuated the refugee camp during the fighting were gradually returning to their homes. However, the aftermath of the operation left certain areas without essential services such as electricity and water due to damage sustained during the military activities.
At least twelve Palestinians, including five fighters, and one Israeli soldier were killed during the intense clashes. According to medics, dozens of individuals, including civilians, sustained injuries throughout the raid, further highlighting the humanitarian toll of the conflict.