IDF Infantry forces have been operating since last night in the Balata refugee camp area near Nablus and in the Jenin refugee camp area, in the Palestinian Authority’s territory. During the operation both sides are engaged in fighting, including exchanges of heavy fire and a number of explosive charges were detonated at IDF forces. The refugee camps are central bases for terrorist factors responsible for the murder of scores of Israeli civilians. Until this operation the terrorist organizations perceived the refugee camps to be a safe haven from Israeli security forces. The operation was intended to strike at terrorists and terror infrastructures found in the camps, and to clarify that there is no safe haven for terror.

IDF forces are continuing in their activity at present.