Israeli troops withdraw from West Bank; Gaza rockets fired
Militants from the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian exclave on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, fired five rockets toward Israel on Wednesday after Israeli forces withdrew from Jenin, a Palestinian city in the West Bank.
Israeli troops withdrew from a Palestinian city in the West Bank on Tuesday, after conducting one of their biggest military operations in the Israeli occupied West Bank for years.
According to the military, Israeli jets attacked an underground weapons manufacturing site in Gaza. However, it was not clear whether there would be additional escalation.
In retaliation to rockets fired from Gaza, Israel said that Israeli jets hit an underground weapons manufacturing facility in the Gaza Strip.
Daniel Hagari, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Brigadier General who serves as the head of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, said that all troops had left Jenin. The convoys of Israeli military vehicles left the city, ending the Israeli military operation.
According to reports, twelve Palestinians, including five fighters, were killed in the Israeli operation. One Israeli soldier had also been killed in the operation.
The Israeli operation was launched with a drone strike on Monday. More than 1,000 troops were deployed. Israeli authorities used drones to target Palestinian forces in Jenin. Reportedly, drone strikes and fire fights were reported between Israeli forces and Palestinian forces in Jenin.
Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian National Authority, condemned Israel for the recent operation.
According to medics, dozens of civilians were also injured because of the operation. According to Palestinian health officials, around 30 people were injured, while five Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.
Doctors Without Borders, an international and independent medical humanitarian organisation, said that Israeli forces had fired tear gas at a hospital. The Israeli military denied firing in the vicinity of a hospital.