JENIN, Palestine (AA) – Several Palestinians were detained by the Israeli army in Jenin city and the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, amid reports of explosions and gunfire that injured six people.
The Israeli forces had stormed Jenin city in the northern West Bank on Tuesday evening, besieged the Jenin camp, and opened fire at unarmed Palestinians.
The Israeli army has declared the city and the refugee camp a closed military zone, Jenin Mayor Nidal Obeidi reported to the media.
He added that Israeli forces have surrounded several hospitals in the city, citing reports of gunfire and explosions.
Military bulldozers also demolished several residential areas. He described that this “infrastructure vandalism” has become a daily occurrence whenever the Israeli army raids the city and camp.
The Israeli army has also detained several Palestinians during the operations, under the controversial “administrative detention” policy. Under this policy, there can be arrest without trial, bail or charge for an indefinite period.
Tensions have been high across the West Bank since Israel’s war on Gaza broke out on October 7.
At least 242 Palestinians have since been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank in addition to more than 2,850 injured, according to the West Bank-based Palestinian Health Ministry.