A Palestinian was killed and others injured on Saturday in exchanges of fire during an ongoing Israeli army operation in the Palestinian camp of Jenin, where the perpetrator of the deadly attack on Thursday in Tel Aviv, the army and a Palestinian ministry said.
"A young man was killed by Israeli bullets in Jenin and there are at least five injured," said the Palestinian Ministry of Health, while the Israeli army confirmed that it is currently carrying out an operation in this camp, considered to be one of the main strongholds of Palestinian armed factions in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gave the security forces carte blanche on Friday to "defeat" a new wave of "terror" in Israel, after the armed attack Thursday evening in the center of Tel Aviv, which made three dead, all Israelis, and a dozen wounded.
Following a manhunt in the streets of the Israeli metropolis, the security forces had located and killed in an exchange of fire the assailant, Raëd Hazem, 28, a Palestinian "without known affiliation" to an armed faction, according to Israeli intelligence, and originating from Jenin in the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.
After the fatal attack on five people last week in Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish town on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, the Israeli army carried out an operation in the area of Jenin where the assailant was also from. .
At least three fighters from the Islamic Jihad, the main Palestinian armed Islamist movement after Hamas, had been killed in exchanges of fire in this densely populated camp which had been at the heart of the clashes during the Second Intifada, a Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s. .
Twenty years ago, after deadly anti-Israeli attacks, the army launched a major offensive in Jenin, during which 53 Palestinians, more than half civilians, and 23 Israeli soldiers were killed during ten days of intense fighting.
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