(TPS) The Israel Defense Forces said soldiers came under “massive fire” when they entered the Jenin Refugee Camp looking to arrest a senior commander in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group early Thursday morning.
The army said guns, weapon parts and explosive materials were seized in the UN-administered camp.
Palestinians fired on Israeli soldiers and threw explosives. Soldiers returned fire. Two soldiers were lightly injured when their jeep was hit by an explosive device. One was taken to a hospital for treatment.
According to the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry, two Palestinians were killed during the clash. They were identified as Adham Jabareen, a 28-year-old Islamic Jihad commander, and Jawad Bawaqta, a 57-year-old teacher. The Palestinians claimed Bawaqata was giving first aid to Jabareen when he was hit during the shootout.
The commander the forces were looking for, Khaled Abu Zina, was not home. Two of Zina’s sons and another terror suspect were arrested.
Nine Palestinians were arrested in separate counterterror raids around Judea and Samaria.
In an ongoing sweep against terror in Judea and Samaria, the IDF has thwarted 500 terror attacks and arrested more than 2,500 suspects. Operation Wave Breaker was launched by the IDF following a surge of Palestinian terror attacks in the spring of 2022 which killed 19 people. Overall, 31 people were killed in Palestinian terror attacks in 2022.
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