A dark shadow of tension looms over the city of Jenin as Israeli forces launch a military operation, tagging it as a closed military zone. This escalation of events indicates a security operation in response to recent incidents, tightening restrictions on movement for residents and potentially imposing a curfew. As the Israeli military conducts its operations, the likelihood of confrontations grows, posing significant humanitarian implications for the civilian population.
Unrest in Jaba’ Town
The Israeli military operation ensued after a conflict in Jaba’ town, located in the northern part of the occupied West Bank near Jenin. The invasion of several army jeeps led to immediate protests from the Palestinians, triggering the Israeli soldiers to retaliate with live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades. Amid the chaos, a Palestinian home was detonated, and two young men were shot during the protests in the Deir Ammar refugee camp.
A Fragile Ceasefire
Despite the unrest, Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend their cease fire until Wednesday. This extension is accompanied by a continued exchange of hostages, with 11 Israeli women and children freed by Hamas and 33 Palestinian prisoners released by Israel. The truce stirs hope for further extensions, which would allow more aid into Gaza. However, both sides accuse each other of ceasefire violations, underscoring the fragility of the truce.
Loss of Innocent Lives
Unfortunately, the conflict has led to the tragic deaths of several Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank. As of October 7, 62 Palestinian children have been killed. Israeli forces have been reported for international law violations for using lethal force against these children. Among those killed are 16-year-old Ahmad Mohammad Hamed Abu Al-Haija, 17-year-old Mahmoud Khaled Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija, and 14-year-old Ammar Mohammad Faisal Abu Al-Wafa. The Israeli army also heavily bombards the blockaded Gaza Strip, with raids being carried out in the West Bank and Occupied East Jerusalem.