Israel’s strongest incursion into the occupied West Bank in years has entered another day.
About 1,000 troops, heralded by intense drone strikes and accompanied by armored vehicles, marched through the narrow streets and alleys of the Jenin refugee camp, in what Israeli officials said as an effort to root out armed militants after months of escalating violence.
Tuesday also saw a car ramming and stabbing in Tel Aviv, raising fears of a tit-for-tat spiral.
This year has already been one of the deadliest for Palestinians in the West Bank in more than a decade, with more than 140 dead in the past six months. Most died in armed clashes during Israeli military raids, although some were bystanders. It was also one of the deadliest years for Israelis in some time, with at least 24 dead in Arab attacks, almost all of them civilians.
Israeli military officials said more than 50 shootings against Israeli targets had been carried out in the past six months from the Jenin area, a stronghold of Palestinian militant groups, and that the operation there was aimed at ” break the mindset of refuge”. from the camp. A local committee member who administers the camp said the incursion had turned it into “a war zone in the full sense of the word”.
Here is a selection of images that have emerged since the start of the Israeli operation at around 1 a.m. Monday.
Residents of the Jenin refugee camp fled their homes as the Israeli army continued its operations.
Burnt tires during clashes in Jenin.
A Palestinian injured in a clash with Israeli forces.
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters in Jenin.
Damage caused by the incursion into Jenin.
Inspection of bodies at a hospital morgue in Jenin.
Israeli army vehicles in the Jenin refugee camp.
A protester threw stones during clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron.
Several Israelis were injured in what authorities described as a car-ramming and stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
Israeli authorities said a civilian shot and killed the assailant during the attack.
An Israeli policeman and a Palestinian brawl during a protest against the Israeli military operation in Jenin, east Jerusalem.
A car destroyed following the operation of the Israeli army.
Israeli soldiers evacuate wounded near the Muqeibila border crossing between Israel and the West Bank.
Palestinians fleeing the refugee camp.
Palestinians take cover during clashes with Israeli soldiers.
Palestinian armed militants during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the city of Jenin.
Israeli drones over Jenin during the military operation.
A wounded Palestinian brought to the hospital.
Young Palestinians burned tires and rubbish during the clashes.
Around 1,000 Israeli soldiers were taking part in the operation.
Transport of a wounded Israeli soldier to be transferred by a military helicopter to a hospital.
Young Palestinians come face to face with an Israeli armored vehicle.