Israeli military vehicles enter Jenin during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the West Bank on June 19, 2023. (Photo/JTA-Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
Israeli military vehicles enter Jenin during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the West Bank on June 19, 2023. (Photo/JTA-Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

5 Palestinians killed, 8 Israeli soldiers wounded in fierce West Bank violence

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(JTA) — The northern West Bank city of Jenin saw its heaviest violence in decades as Israeli soldiers on a military raid clashed with Palestinian militants.

Five Palestinians were killed in the violence on Monday and more than 90 were wounded, according to the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry. Eight Israeli soldiers were wounded in the fighting — the latest in a string of clashes in Jenin over the past year.

Israeli forces entered Jenin in order to arrest two terror suspects and encountered militants who detonated roadside bombs, trapping the Israeli soldiers in five vehicles. The fighting lasted eight hours and ended when, for the first time in two decades, a combat helicopter fired on Palestinian militants in the West Bank, allowing the Israeli troops to be evacuated.

In response to the incident, Bezalel Smotrich, the Israeli far-right finance minister who is also in charge of Israeli settlement expansion, called for a “broad operation to eradicate the terror nests in northern Samaria,” the name the Israeli government uses for the northern West Bank.

Ben Sales
Ben Sales

Ben Sales is news editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.