Israeli occupation forces launched a major military offensive in the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Monday, arresting at least 20 Palestinians and injuring several others.
Israeli occupation forces during the raid killed at least eight Palestinians and wounded 25 others.
According to local sources, dozens of Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers stormed the city and its surrounding villages, breaking into homes and shops and ransacking their contents. The occupation soldiers also fired live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs at the residents who tried to resist the invasion.
The sources said that among the detainees were former prisoners, activists and members of the Palestinian security forces.
The Israeli raid sparked clashes between the Israeli occupation forces and the Palestinian youths, who threw stones at the invading forces.
The Israeli occupation military claimed that the operation was aimed at arresting “wanted terrorists” and confiscating weapons. However, Palestinian officials denounced the raid as a “collective punishment” and a violation of international law.
The Jenin governorate has been under a tight Israeli siege for several days, as the occupation forces have imposed checkpoints and roadblocks, restricting the movement of people and goods.
The Israeli aggression in Jenin comes amid a wave of protests and resistance activities across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.