Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli army raid on the West Bank, a knife attack on a bus and provocative actions: the situation escalated today in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories after Tuesday’s bloody attack near Tel Aviv.
Earlier in the day, Israeli forces launched an operation in the Palestinian settlement of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, following an attack Tuesday night in Bnei Brak, a suburb of Tel Aviv, in which five people were killed.
Two Palestinians, aged 17 and 23, were killed “by the Israeli occupation forces who carried out a raid in the Jenin area,” the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced today.
Other officials said other Palestinians were seriously injured.
Following the attack in Tel Aviv, the Israeli army deployed reinforcements in the West Bank and increased the arrests of mainly members of the perpetrator’s family. He was named as Dia Hamarsah, a young Palestinian from Yabad, a village near Jenin, who had spent four years in an Israeli prison.
The Israeli army today confirmed that soldiers and members of the border guards “carried out an operation” in the Jenin area “to arrest suspects”.
“During this operation, armed Palestinians opened fire on the soldiers who responded by opening fire,” the army said, adding that one soldier was slightly injured and taken to hospital.
For its part, the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad has called on its members to be vigilant.
“After the events in the camp (…) the general secretary of Islamic Jihad announced the general mobilization of the members of the Al Quds brigades (the armed arm of the organization) in their areas,” said the statement of the movement led by Ziad Nahale. in Damascus.
Earlier in the day, a Palestinian man struck a bus passenger in the southern part of the occupied West Bank with a knife, seriously injuring him before he was shot dead by another passenger, according to the Israeli army and Magen David Adom. , the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross.
“A terrorist stabbed a passenger on a bus near the village of Elazar. The passenger was injured and taken to hospital. A civilian on the bus shot and killed the terrorist,” the Israeli army said in a statement.
In Jerusalem, far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben Gwir, known for his provocative anti-Palestinian rhetoric, marched this morning to the Temple Square, which Jews call the Temple Mount, just days before the start of the month for Muslims. .
“Hamas has been threatening me all night, saying I was in the crosshairs and asking me not to come here. I told the Hamas spokesman: ‘Shut up,'” Ben Gvir said from the square.
In 2000, the visit of the then leader of the right in Israel, Ariel Sharon, to the spot was the occasion for the outbreak of the second intifada.
“I do not understand why Israel is not killing him (the representative of Hamas) (…) he is a terrorist (…). My visit here is intended to send a simple message: “He must step down in the face of these terrorists who want to kill us all.”
In recent days, high-ranking Israeli officials, including President Isaac Herzog and Defense Minister Benny Gandz, have traveled to Jordan to hold talks with King Abdullah, who met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. and Ramadan.