Israeli troops raided the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank late Tuesday, killing three people and wounding some 30 others, according to Palestinian health officials. A fourth Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire in separate unrest in the Gaza Strip, officials said.
The bloodshed in Jenin was the latest in a deadly wave of fighting in the West Bank, where the Israeli military has stepped up its activities over the past year and a half in what it says is an effort to crack down on Palestinian militants. Tensions now appear to be spreading to Gaza.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in its report that four Palestinians were killed and a dozen wounded by the Israeli gunfire in Jenin.
Israeli army spokesman, Avichay Adraee, said Tuesday on his X account that the Israeli forces are conducting an operation in Jenin camp while the Palestinian media reported armed clashes that flared following the storming of the camp.
Adraee mentioned in his post that an army-affiliated drone launched an attack on the camp.
Jenin Battalion - a military arm of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad - announced earlier targeting Israeli forces gatherings and vehicles.
In another context, the Israeli forces killed one Palestinian and wounded nine others on Tuesday during protests near the Israeli-Gaza border fence.
Gaza Health Ministry reported at least nine injured and one killed by Israeli gunfire in protests in eastern Khan Younis.
The dead is identified as 25-year-old Youssef Radwan.
Dozens of Palestinians gathered in three regions on the eastern outskirts of the Strip, while the Israeli army declared that its forces were responding with the protesters’ dispersal methods and snipers.
Five Palestinians were killed, and others were wounded by an explosive device near the Israeli-Gaza border fence during Thursday protests.
Protests are being organized near the fence on Friday and on patriotic occasions amid anticipation of a gradual escalation in the severity of clashes.