Aftermath of car-ramming that injured several Tel Aviv
Israeli forces launched air strikes on the northern part of the Gaza Strip this morning after it said rockets were fired towards Israel from the same area.
The Israeli forces hit a target near Beit Lahiyeh town in the northern part of the strip. News outlet Shehab reported strikes near al-Baydar, west of Gaza City as well.
The attack was a retaliation after Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired five rockets toward Israel, the military said. The Palestinian rockets were intercepted and there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces have begun withdrawing from Jenin after carrying out one of the biggest military operations in the occupied West Bank in years that killed at least 12 Palestinians, including children.
It comes hours after a suspected Palestinian car-ramming and stabbing attack injured at least eight people in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
A medical official said the incident appeared to have included at least one stabbing victim, and that a suspected assailant had been “neutralised” by first-responders.
Islamist militant group Hamas claimed the attack was carried out by one of its members as a response to Israel’s ongoing military operation in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli forces withdraw from Jenin leaving behind deaths and large-scale damages
The Israeli military withdrew its troops from a militant stronghold on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank, ending an intense two-day operation that killed at least 12 Palestinians and drove thousands of people from their homes.
Witnesses reported seeing convoys of military vehicles leaving the Jenin refugee camp following one of its most extensive operations in two decades.
During the raid, the army said it had uncovered militant hideouts, arms depots and an underground shaft used to store explosives.
The army said it has dismantled six explosives manufacturing facilities and three operational situation rooms in Jenin.
“The weapons were located in hideouts, a mosque, pits concealed in civilian areas, operational situation rooms, and in vehicles,” it said.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar5 July 2023 06:27
Time has passed when Israel attacks without paying the price, says Hamas
Hamas said that “all options for supporting Jenin and its heroes were on the table” during the operation as the Israeli forces began to leave the refugee camp in occupied West Bank.
“We have sent clear messages to the enemy through all parties that the resistance in all arenas is not far from what is happening, and the enemy must stop its aggression immediately,” said Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’s political bureau.
“We say to the enemy that the time has passed when you practice your aggression against our people without paying the price, and Jenin is today teaching you a lesson in resistance and steadfastness.”
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar5 July 2023 06:03
At least 500 families evacuated from Jenin refugee camp
The Palestinian Red Crescent said it had evacuated 500 families from the camp, around 3,000 people.
Jihad Hassan, 63, who fled the camp after his son was wounded, said a drone strike had prompted him to leave.“You don’t hear a sound, you just see the explosion,” he said, as he waited with his son at the Jenin Government Hospital.
“It is something, when a person is forced to leave their home.”Around 100 people have been injured, the Palestinian health ministry said, 20 of them seriously.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar5 July 2023 05:39
Doctors’ organisation claims Israeli army fired tear gas into hospital
Israeli and Palestinian officials reported fighting near a hospital in Jenin late on Tuesday.
Doctors Without Borders accused the Israeli army of firing tear gas into a hospital, filling the emergency room with smoke and forcing emergency patients to be treated in a main hall.
Palestinian hospital officials told the official Wafa news agency that three civilians were hit by Israeli fire.
Kefah Ja’ayyasah, a camp resident, said soldiers forcibly entered her home and locked the family inside.
“They took the young men of my family to the upper floor, and they left the women and children trapped in the apartment at the first floor,” she told Associated Press.
She claimed soldiers would not let her take food to the children and blocked an ambulance crew from entering the home when she yelled for help, before eventually allowing the family passage to a hospital.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar5 July 2023 05:05
Smoke and flames rise above buildings after Israeli air airstrikes in Gaza City
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar5 July 2023 04:48
Israel launches air attack on Gaza Strip
Israeli forces launched an airstrike on the Gaza Strip in response to five rockets launched toward Israeli territory.
The Shehab news outlet reports strikes near al-Baydar, west of Gaza City, and in Beit Lahiyeh in the north of the strip.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar5 July 2023 04:43
Israel says it intercepted five rockets from Gaza
The Israeli army said militants in the Gaza Strip launched five rockets into Israel.
It said all of the rockets were “successfully intercepted”, but the launches raised the risk of fighting on a second front.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar5 July 2023 04:43
Thousands flee Israel’s biggest West Bank military operation in decades
Thousands have fled Israel’s biggest military operation into the occupied West Bank in decades, as a car-ramming in Tel Aviv underlined the risk of violence spreading.
At least 12 Palestinians, including three children, have been killed and over 100 injured during Israel’s raid in the Jenin refugee camp which started with a drone strike on Monday.
The United Nations has said Israeli military bulldozers destroyed key roads, stopping ambulances from entering the camp, which has lost access to drinking water, electricity and in some areas food supplies.
“At this moment we are completing the mission, and I can say that our extensive activity in Jenin is not a one-time operation,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar5 July 2023 04:42
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live blog on Israel’s military operation in West Bank.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar5 July 2023 04:41
We’re pausing our live coverage for the evening. We’ll bring you the latest updates as we get them.
Natalie Crockett5 July 2023 01:00