At Least 12 Killed in Israeli Raid in West Bank, Palestinians Say

As Israeli troops pulled out after a two-and-a-half-day incursion into the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Thursday that the raid had killed at least 12 people and wounded 34 others.

Israeli raids into the West Bank have become much more frequent since the war with Hamas began more than two months ago in Gaza, with dozens made in that time, and this one was unusually long and deadly. Jenin and its refugee camp, strongholds of Palestinian armed resistance, have been common targets.

The Israeli military said on Thursday that it had disciplined three soldiers involved in filming themselves while one or more of them sang a Jewish prayer inside a mosque in Jenin. Videos of the incident, a potentially inflammatory show of disrespect, circulated widely online.

Residents reported seeing Israeli military vehicles leaving Jenin on Thursday afternoon.

The military in a statement said it had completed “a 60-hour-long extensive operation in the Jenin refugee camp and in the city of Jenin.” It reported detaining “14 wanted suspects, including three affiliated with Hamas,” as well as some 60 others, and said it had “eliminated 10 terrorists.”

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, a nongovernmental rights group, put the number of Palestinians arrested in the raid at more than 100.

Seven Israeli soldiers were lightly injured in the operation, which the military said had “exposed more than 10 underground facilities, dozens of rifles” and seven explosives labs. The raid included an Israeli drone strike on Tuesday that the military said killed several people who had fired on Israeli forces.

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