(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
IDF Activity in Jenin, Thursday night, 28 February
Friday, 1 March 2002
IDF forces consisting of infantry, armored and engineering units have been engaged since last night in Jenin, a former refugee camp within the area of the Palestinian Authority. The forces, which began operating in the area yesterday, entered the camp, and a gun battle broke out.
It is important to note that the refugee camp acts as a central base for terrorists responsible for the murder of dozens of innocent Israeli citizens. The purpose of the IDF’s actions is to strike at the terrorists and the terrorist infrastructure located in the camp.
The IDF will continue to operate wherever the Palestinian Authority is not doing its job of preventing terrorist activity, and at any time that it deems appropriate, in order to protect Israeli civilians and soldiers.
Further IDF Activity in the West Bank Last Night
Saturday, 2 March 2002
During the night IDF forces completed the first phase of their operation in the Jenin refugee camp. The forces continue to operate in the environs of the camp.
IDF activity in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus continues. Last night in the refugee camp, the following were discovered:
The operations in the refugee camp are not directed against Palestinians who are not involved in terrorism, and the soldiers have been briefed by their commanders to take every precaution to avoid harming the civilian population and to allow passage in certain cases for humanitarian reasons.
The IDF Spokesperson emphasizes that the IDF will operate wherever it sees the need, in order to prevent terrorist activities and the harming of Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.
Withdrawal of IDF Forces This Morning from the Jenin Refugee Camp
Saturday, 2 March 2002
IDF forces have completed the initial phase of their operations in the Jenin refugee camp and have taken control of the camp.
During the operation, 22 gunmen were killed and dozens more were injured.
Searches were conducted in a number of houses in the camp, resulting in the discovery of a large quantity of weapons. Security forces arrested a number of people wanted for questioning.
With the conclusion of this phase, IDF forces withdrew from the camp and redeployed on the outskirts of the city. The forces control key positions surrounding the refugee camp and are prepared to continue operating in the region.
It is important to note that the IDF operations were carried out following the complete absence of anti-terrorist activity on the part of the Palestinian Authority. The current terrorist infrastructure in the refugee camp is responsible for many terrorist attacks carried out against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.
The IDF will continue to rout out terror wherever the Palestinian Authority does not.
IDF Activity in the Balata and Jenin Refugee Camps
The IDF Chief of General Staff, Lieut. General Shaul Mofaz, praised the soldiers of the "Golani" Brigade, the Paratroopers Brigade, the "Nahal" Brigade, "Duvdevan" and several other units, for their successful operations in the Balata and Jenin refugee camps.
The Chief of Staff expressed his condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers and his wishes for a full and rapid recovery to the injured.
The IDF forces have not yet completed their operation in the camps, and their activities are continuing full force. So far, 30 armed Palestinians have been killed by IDF soldiers and about 200 have been injured.
Together with the fighting, which the Chief of Staff praised, the soldiers are making every effort to avoid harming unarmed civilians, and to minimize the damage to their living environment.
The IDF provides humanitarian aid as needed and the forces have even been instructed to repair some of the damage caused by the fighting.
The soldiers uncovered in the camps, particularly in Balata, laboratories for making explosives, workshops for producing "Kassam" rockets, other types of weapons, bombs ready for detonation and explosive belts for use by suicide bombers.
The refugee camps will no longer provide shelter for terrorists and terror operatives.
The IDF will pursue the terrorists tirelessly, wherever they may be, in order to prevent terrorism and to protect the citizens of Israel and IDF soldiers.
The Chief of Staff praised the soldiers for their determined efforts in the operation.
||IDF Counter-Terrorist Operations in Balata and Jenin – Background Information – March 2, 2002|
||IDF Soldier Killed in Counter-Terrorism Operation – IDF Spokesman, 28 Feb 2002|