Israeli occupation forces stormed the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Monday morning, detaining two Palestinians and sparking clashes with local gunmen.
The raid was the first of its kind since a large-scale Israeli offensive in early July that left 12 Palestinians dead and dozens of homes demolished in Jenin’s refugee camp.
Palestinian media reported that the Israeli forces arrested Fathi al-Atoum and Rabih as-Sanouri. Al-Atoum had been released from Israeli prison last month after serving nine years.
The Israeli occupation forces also exchanged fire with Palestinian fighters who resisted the invasion. Videos posted online showed heavy gunfire and explosions in the city.
The Israeli military said in a statement that it conducted “a routine operation to arrest suspects” in Jenin and that “during the operation, a number of suspects opened fire at the troops, who responded with fire”.
It added that “no injuries were reported among the troops” and that “the operation is still ongoing”.
Jenin has been a flashpoint of violence in recent months, as the Israeli occupation has intensified its raids and arrests in the occupied West Bank. According to Palestinian sources, 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year.