Israeli Airstrike Targets West Bank Mosque Compound Used by Militants

Early on Sunday, Israeli planes attacked a facility in the occupied West Bank beneath a mosque, which the military claimed was being used by militants to plan attacks.

According to Palestinian medical officials, at least one person was killed in the strike.

The West Bank has seen an increase in violence after Hamas gunmen from Gaza carried out a fatal assault in Israel on October 7.

This airstrike is at least the second that Israel has launched in the past few days.

According to Israel, the Jenin refugee camp’s facility beneath al-Ansar Mosque was owned by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad agents who had carried out attacks in the preceding months.

The military released a statement saying, “Intel was recently received which indicated that the terrorists, (who) were neutralised, were organising an imminent terror attack.”

Images purportedly depicting the entrance to a bunker beneath the mosque were made public by the military.

Additionally, a graphic purportedly illustrating the locations of militant weapon storage was made public.

Earlier this year, a significant Israeli military operation was focused on the Jenin refugee camp, a bastion for Palestinian militants.

Social media footage purportedly capturing the scene of the airstrike revealed a massive hole surrounded by debris in one of the mosque’s outer walls.

Ambulance sirens blare in the background as several dozen Palestinians are seen evaluating the damage.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service, three Palestinians were hurt and at least one died.

It had stated that two persons had died earlier.

The Israeli Air Force issued the following statement: “The mosque contained a terror cell of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror operatives who were planning an imminent terror attack.

The IDF conducted an aerial strike on an underground terror compound in the Al-Ansar mosque in Jenin as part of a joint IDF and ISA activity.”

On October 14, the terrorist cell carried out another terror strike near the security barrier.

There were no injuries recorded, but an explosive device was set off by terror forces activating cellularly as they got at the spot.

Recent intelligence revealed that the terrorists that were eliminated were planning a future terror strike.

The terrorists utilised the mosque as a base for their execution as well as a command centre from which to plot the operations.

Early on Sunday, Israel launched airstrikes on the southern part of Gaza and declared it would step up its assaults in the northern enclave.

Meanwhile, the United States pledged to provide further help to Palestinians who were running low on fuel, food, water, and medication.

According to Palestinian media, an Israeli strike in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis resulted in the deaths of at least 11 Palestinians.

Israel was reportedly targeting the southern city of Rafah, according to Palestinian media.

Hours after Israeli military spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari urged Gazans to evacuate south of danger, there were attacks during the night.

“Go south for your own safety.”

In a briefing to Israeli media on Saturday, Hagari declared, “We will increase attacks and continue to attack in the Gaza City area.”

Through the Rafah border crossing on Saturday, the first humanitarian supply convoy to be permitted entry into the besieged Gaza Strip since the start of the war arrived.

According to the UN, the Palestinian Red Crescent would get life-saving supplies from the 20-truck convoy.

The amount of commodities that entered Gaza on Saturday, according to the U.N. humanitarian office (OCHA), was only a small portion of what was required following the 13-day siege of the 2.3 million-person enclave.

This amount of products was similar to only 4% of the daily average of imports into Gaza prior to the hostilities.

Following days of tough discussions, U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed the aid’s arrival and reaffirmed America’s commitment to guaranteeing that more help will pass via the Rafah border crossing.

“We’ll keep collaborating with all stakeholders,” Biden declared in a statement.

A draught resolution for the United Nations Security Council was put out by the United States late on Saturday.

It asserts Israel’s right to self-defense and calls on Iran to cease providing weaponry to “militias and terrorist groups threatening peace and security across the region.”

Following a cross-border raid on southern Israel on October 7 by militants of the Islamist movement Hamas, which left 1,400 people dead—mostly civilians—in a shock onslaught that traumatised Israel, Israel began its “total siege” of Gaza.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, more than a million people have been forced to flee the area as a result of Israel’s air and missile assaults, which have killed at least 4,385 Palestinians, including hundreds of children.

The West is putting increasing pressure on Israel to hold off on its ground invasion of Gaza and to rescue the hostages that Hamas has taken prisoner.

After multiple fruitless wars since it seized power there in 2007, Israel has gathered tanks and troops close to the fortified border surrounding the small coastal enclave in preparation for the intended ground invasion.

The goal is to completely destroy Hamas.

“We are going to go into the Gaza Strip… to destroy Hamas operatives and Hamas infrastructure and we will have in our minds the memories of the images and those who fell on Saturday two weeks ago,” Israeli military Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi said to troops in a video released on Saturday.

Live fire exercises have been conducted by Israeli troops “in preparations for the next stage of war,” according to video that the Israeli army made public on Saturday.

According to Israeli media, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a meeting of his Cabinet late on Saturday to discuss the impending invasion.

Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, the military spokesman for Israel, announced that the nation would increase its airstrikes beginning on Saturday in anticipation of the war’s next phase.

In order to reduce the risks to our forces in the upcoming phases of the fight, we will intensify our strikes.

“We will intensify our attacks starting today,” Hagari declared, reiterating his appeal for Gaza City inhabitants to go southward for their protection.

Israel has promised to destroy Hamas, but it hasn’t revealed anything about what it plans to do with Gaza should it succeed.

A ‘buffer zone’ in Gaza will be necessary to keep Palestinians away from the border, according to Yifat Shasha-Biton, a minister in the Cabinet.

In an urban battle, an Israeli ground assault would probably result in a sharp increase in deaths for both sides.

Over 1,400 Israelis have lost their lives in the conflict, the majority of them were civilians killed by Hamas.

The Health Ministry, which is controlled by Hamas, reports that over 4,300 people have died in Gaza.

This includes the disputed death toll from an explosion at a hospital.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry and Hamas media, Israeli airstrikes on Saturday resulted in at least 50 fatalities and numerous injuries.

In retaliation, Hamas stated it fired rockets towards Tel Aviv.

Blinken warned Lebanon’s acting prime minister, Najib Mikati, in a phone call on Saturday that the Lebanese people would suffer if his nation was involved in the conflict, the State Department said, amid growing international concern the violence might escalate into a regional war.

Israel said that on Saturday, during cross-border fighting that claimed the lives of six of its troops, its planes bombed Hezbollah sites in Lebanon and one of its soldiers was shot by an anti-tank missile.

The group asserted that Iran was behind the fighting.

The assertion by Hamas that the militant group had sought to release two more hostages on humanitarian grounds but that Israel had refused to take them was referred to as “propaganda” by Israel on Saturday.

The armed wing of Hamas, through its spokesman Abu Ubaida, stated that on Friday, the same day that it liberated American Judith Tai Ranaan and her daughter Natalie, the group notified Qatar of its plan to release the two more individuals.

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