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Jenin in the West Bank, bruised after an Israeli army raid

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Within two days, the military operation killed thirteen people – twelve from the Palestinian side, in addition to a Tzahal soldier – and left a scene of devastation in Jenin: On Wednesday, July 5, the Israeli army announced the end of a raid in the occupied West Bank, targeting in particular the city of Jenin and its refugee camp, the stronghold of the groups Armed Palestinian.

“No electricity, no water, nothing.”Siham the sheep mourns returning home to the refugee camp after the attack. The 53-year-old walked through all the rooms in her apartment, noting the damage: broken windows, overturned furniture, belongings strewn on the floor, and pictures ripped from the walls.

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Siham the ewe, who fled at night when the raid began, shows sugar scattered on the kitchen floor and a smashed plastic toy in another room. She accuses the Israeli forces of stealing money and gold for her family. The army did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment on the allegations.


Israel says at least 50 gun attacks have been launched from and around Jenin since the beginning of the year. This area has also been the scene of violence against Palestinians by Jewish settlers.

Jenin camp has a population of about 18,000 people. It was established in 1953 to house some 760,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes upon the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

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It is one of the poorest and densest Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank, an area occupied by Israel since 1967.

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With the passage of time, the tents were replaced by houses and the place now looks like a neighborhood in the city of Jenin.

Physical and psychological damage

In the devastated neighborhood, rubble piles up in the streets along with electrical cables and puddles of petrol. Crouching beside one of the many wrecked cars, a man tries to retrieve some of his belongings from the trunk of the car he claims is his brother’s.

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On the squares of the city’s hospitals, where dozens of wounded are being treated, piles of diapers and food are piled up to help residents. Inside the camp, Khader Masalha organizes food distribution. He said the deadly raid would have lasting physical and psychological consequences. Especially for the elderly and young children. They didn’t smile for two days.He said.

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