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A prominent leader in the Jenin Battalion was martyred by Israeli bombing

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Islam Khamaysi, one of the leaders of the Jenin Brigade of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, was martyred late on Friday evening in an Israeli warplane bombing on Al-Damj neighborhood in the Jenin camp in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that the raid targeted a house in the Jenin camp, resulting in the martyrdom of a Palestinian and the injury of 8 others. The Al-Quds Brigades mourned Khamisi, who was martyred in the Israeli raid on Jenin.

The Israeli army broadcast pictures of the raid launched by the warplane on the camp, and said that it killed Khamaysi in the Jenin camp, one of the main wanted men and the perpetrator of a series of attacks against Israeli targets.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent said that Israel accuses Khamaysi of being behind the Hermish operation west of Jenin last year, in which a settler was killed.

For its part, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said that the Israeli raid targeted what it claimed was a cell that was preparing to carry out an imminent attack, and described the raid as unusual, and the Israeli army had only used air strikes in the West Bank a few times since October 7, 2023.

The Walla website quoted an Israeli military source as saying that the raid targeted a cell that was preparing a time bomb in the Jenin camp, and came to preserve the security of Israeli soldiers.

Other developments

In other developments, Al Jazeera’s correspondent said that the occupation forces stormed the town of Barta’a, west of Jenin, and attacked workers.

The correspondent also said that the occupation forces stormed Balata camp, east of the city of Nablus in the West Bank.

The Israeli occupation forces also stormed the Khallet Al-Farra area, west of the city of Yatta, south of Hebron in the West Bank, and raided and searched a number of homes.

The occupation forces sent threatening messages to citizens not to approach the Otnael settlement, which is located on citizens’ lands south of Hebron.

The occupation forces also raided the Wadi al-Har area, located between the village of Karma and Beit Amra, south of Hebron, and fired live bullets at citizens, before those forces withdrew towards the Otnael settlement.

The occupation forces stormed the town of Al-Samou, south of Hebron in the West Bank, and raided a number of homes, searched them, and confiscated a number of vehicles after conducting their patrols in several neighborhoods in the town.

Before that, confrontations broke out between the Israeli occupation army forces and Palestinian youths in the town of Kafr Qaddum, east of the city of Qalqilya, while the people of Tulkarm Governorate mourned the body of the martyr Karim Amir, who was martyred by the bullets of the occupation army during its storming of the town of Balaa the night before last.