Embryo- In the middle of a camp square Embryo Ayat Amouri stood watching the amount of damage and devastation that befell her house, after the Israeli occupation army blew it up the day before yesterday, Thursday, in the Jenin Palestinian refugee camp, north of West Bank.
Ayat says, “I explained to them many times that I live alone here, but they blew up the house that housed me. It turned into a black cube. I lost everything in it.”
Along the street where Ayat’s house is located, everything turned into piles of dirt and rubble, the doors of the houses were blown up, and the window glass flew to the ground, after the occupation vehicles destroyed everything in the camp and blew up the houses or demolished parts of them during the major incursion carried out by the Israeli forces, which It lasted for hours.
Ayat says, “Yesterday morning, I was tidying up the house when I heard sounds coming from outside and some commotion. For a few moments, I heard screaming in the neighbors’ house. One of them was speaking in Hebrew. I realized that they were occupation soldiers. They opened fire on my neighbors’ house, breaking the windows. Then they asked him to leave the house and go down to the street. Then they moved to our neighbor’s house on the top floor and forced the occupants into the street.”
The occupation soldiers tried to open the door of Ayat’s house, then they placed a bomb on it and blew it up. They entered with their equipment and began searching, destroying her furniture and personal belongings. Although Ayat and the neighbors confirmed that she lived alone in the house, the occupation soldiers forced her to go out to the neighboring house, and began booby-trapping it in preparation for blowing it up. after.
Large forces of occupation soldiers stormed Jenin camp late on Wednesday night, bulldozing all the roads leading to the camp and destroying the infrastructure, amid violent clashes with young men without causing any injuries or martyrs, before the vehicles and these forces withdrew at six in the morning on Thursday.
In the early morning hours, the people of the camp and in the city of Jenin returned to their normal lives, school hours resumed, and people began to go out to inspect the effects of destruction in the streets and alleys of the camp, until the people were surprised when the occupation vehicles advanced to the outskirts of the city again and sirens sounded, and the sound of gunfire began to be heard. Heavy bullets around the camp.
The camp’s daughter, Shatha Al-Sabbagh, says, “It was a difficult night in which the occupation destroyed all the entrances to the camp, and as time passed, the sounds of clashes were getting closer and closer to the vicinity of our house, and because we stayed up all night, we tried to sleep after the occupation army withdrew in the morning, but 3 hours after their withdrawal, it returned. Sounds of clashing, and we began monitoring the progress of bulldozers and military vehicles to the camp.”
It turned out that a special force had not withdrawn from the camp. It was holed up in a house before a resistance fighter from the camp discovered it and sent a signal to the monitoring unit in the Jenin Battalion, which in turn quickly turned on the sirens in the camp as a warning step. The Israeli special unit immediately requested a supply of The occupation army sent support forces supported by bulldozers to the outskirts of the camp.
Shatha Al-Sabbagh spent an entire day with her family at home, without any of them being able to go out or move near the windows, due to the deployment of snipers on the roofs of high-rise buildings overlooking the streets of the camp. Shatha says, “The sounds of clashes between the occupation forces and the resistance were very intense, and for a moment… At other times, we heard the sounds of large explosions, and based on experience from repeated raids, we began to distinguish between the sound of the explosion of homemade bombs and the bombing by reconnaissance aircraft.”
She added, “It was a very difficult day. With every explosion, news came of the presence of injured people and sometimes martyrs, and as news came of the presence of martyrs from the city and its neighboring villages, we became convinced that this incursion was a complete invasion of the camp and Jenin governorate as a whole, and we began to remember the invasion of 2002. The truth is that the clashes “It was very intense and powerful, and it can be confirmed that it is the strongest of the previous incursions.”
Shatha describes the intensity of the clashes that took place near her home, saying, “A number of resistance fighters barricaded themselves in a house next to us. We could hear the sounds of clashing with the soldiers who did not know the source of the fire. The resistance fighters remained for long hours shooting at the occupation soldiers without the soldiers discovering them, but as darkness entered The soldiers were able to distinguish the source of the fire and began clashing with the resistance fighters directly. All of this happened while we were in the house. The sounds of bullets could be heard loudly from our kitchen window, and it was difficult to move in the house at all. We all gathered in one room until the soldiers withdrew.”
During the long hours of the day, it was difficult to evacuate the camp school students to their homes. Six schools were besieged inside the Jenin camp and in the areas adjacent to it, and the students and teaching staff remained inside them for more than 6 continuous hours. News came of the occupation soldiers entering the courtyard of the Al-Zahraa School near the camp.
According to the Ministry of Education, 3,500 male and female students were trapped in their schools, until Jenin Governorate – with coordination from the Palestinian Liaison – was allowed to send buses to transport students from schools to places close to the city’s municipal stadium, until the occupation forces completely withdrew late at night.
Uday Kamil’s mother, two of whose daughters were detained inside a UNRWA school, says:UNRWA) In the camp, “The hours passed slowly and slowly. I was terrified when I heard any sound from the successive explosions that were occurring in the camp. I thought about my daughters and their feeling of fear inside the school. This is a difficult thing for us, so how about the children, and what is their fault for being trapped all this time in their schools?” They should have been evacuated since the incursion began.”
More than 7 hours after storming Jenin camp, the occupation forces announced the beginning of their withdrawal from the camp, which was plunged into complete darkness, due to the complete cutting of its electrical power, in addition to striking its main water network.
Martyrs and wounded
On the ground, the number of martyrs increased as the time of the Israeli incursion passed. Israeli drones bombed a gathering of young men in the middle of the camp, killing 3 instantly. The occupation forces prevented ambulances from entering the camp and reaching the injured and martyrs, and after hours of violent clashes between the resistance fighters and the occupation soldiers. The resistance fighters were able to detonate a highly explosive device using the “Tiger” military vehicle.
According to resistance fighters in the camp, the large number of martyrs was due to occupation snipers targeting any citizen moving in the camp and in the vicinity of Jenin Governmental Hospital, in addition to the center of Jenin, known as the cinema roundabout.
The occupation forces had opened fire directly on citizens in the courtyard of Jenin Governmental Hospital, which is approximately 30 meters away from the entrance to Jenin camp. The director of the government hospital, Wissam Subeihat, said that the occupation forces stormed the emergency room and forced the ambulances in the courtyard to open their doors to search them. Verifying the identities of the injured before allowing the medical staff to transfer them to the hospital.
More than 17 injuries arrived at the city’s hospitals, a number of which were described as serious, while 14 young men were martyred, the majority of whom were ordinary citizens, bringing the number of martyrs in Jenin Governorate since the beginning of the aggression on the Gaza Strip last October to approximately 38 martyrs.
Resistance is targeted
One of the most prominent martyrs mourning was the martyr Ayham Al-Amer, a fighter of the Jenin Battalion and the brother of the martyr Ayser Al-Amer, the commander of the Jenin Battalion in the camp, who was assassinated by the occupation forces in an armed clash in the camp about two weeks ago.
The resistance fighter from the Al-Qassam Brigades, Abu Hussein, says, “The repeated Israeli raids are not able to reach the resistance easily, and the majority of the martyrs are citizens who are shot by soldiers from tall buildings or in the streets.” He adds, “Thanks to God, we are clashing with the occupation from close distances and in direct ways. Thank God, the percentage of those injured and martyred among us is not large, especially in yesterday’s storming.”
Abu Hussein explains, “Every martyr is a great loss for us, whether he is a resistance fighter or a citizen. Palestinian blood is precious, but the occupation is trying to reach and eliminate the resistance, and this has not happened to this day.” He believes that the possibility of reaching the resistance and their martyrdom is mostly due to Israeli aircraft bombing. The march.
The camp residents believe that the recurrence of Israeli incursions and the occupation army’s continued destruction of infrastructure and bulldozing the roads leading to the camp are a prelude to a major invasion that Israel is preparing for. Shatha comments on this, “The camp people expect a comprehensive invasion, so we have established more than one field ambulance point in the two corridors of the camp, and in Different areas of the city of Jenin as well, in addition to preparing each home with a small first aid kit.”
She added, “After the war on Gaza, we have come to expect that the occupation will invade the West Bank as well. Israel does not want us to live here. They want to end the Palestinian presence in all cities and villages in the West Bank and Gaza.”