Jenin Refugee Camp, Occupied West Bank – Members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group have mentioned they will fight Israeli forces if they enter the Jenin refugee camp searching for six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from a high-security Israeli jail.
Early on Wednesday, Israeli troopers with canine scoured gaps in Israel’s separation wall close to the Palestinian city of Yaabad close to Jenin, whereas reconnaissance plane flew above.
Tensions have been excessive within the Jenin space as gunfire reverberated all through the camp on Tuesday night time and Palestinian fighters promised to act if Israeli forces harmed the escapees or different Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
It is unclear the place the six Palestinians are hiding. The males have been believed to have been headed for Jenin, the place their households are primarily based, and the place the internationally recognised Palestinian Authority wields little management.
Hundreds of Israeli safety forces and intelligence brokers on Wednesday continued the seek for the six Palestinian prisoners who tunnelled out of Gilboa jail on Monday.
Meanwhile, dozens of checkpoints have been erected between the West Bank and Israel, as Israeli authorities feared armed Palestinians would possibly assault Israeli settlers within the occupied West Bank or inside Israel.
‘Expect them any time’
Jamal Zubeidi, 65, the uncle of one of many prisoners, mentioned the household anticipated Israeli troopers to invade the camp at any time.
“We don’t know when they will come but we expect them any time and we are prepared,” Zubeidi advised Al Jazeera. “Our family has suffered from the Israeli occupation for many years.”
The escapees included Zakariya Zubeidi, 46, a former Fatah get together chief within the northern West Bank metropolis of Jenin, in addition to 5 Palestinian Islamic Jihad members.
Islamic Jihad additionally warned Israel towards harming the six males.
Despite the tense environment on the Jenin refugee camp, many younger males cheered the escape of the six prisoners, in addition to the opportunity of standing up to Israeli forces if they enter the camp.
“The guys are not scared. They are fighting for their rights,” Noor Saadi, 27, who beforehand spent two years in an Israeli jail, advised Al Jazeera.
Since the gorgeous prisoner escape, the Israel Prison Service has damaged up teams of Islamic Jihad members in numerous prisons.
It additionally evacuated 90 Palestinian prisoners out of a complete of 360 held in Gilboa, as the power undergoes an intensive inspection.
Israel mentioned apprehending the six males was a matter of urgency, not solely to stop potential assaults, but in addition as a result of their escape emboldened gunmen from numerous factions to confront the Israeli militarily.
Since the escape, Israeli troopers have raided a number of villages close to Jenin, confiscating movie from surveillance cameras and checking the identities of automotive occupants. Israeli troopers have additionally elevated their presence in public locations in Israel.
Raiding Palestinian villages
Three Palestinians from the village of Noura in northern Israel have been arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of aiding the prisoners of their escape.
According to Israel, one of many escapees was captured by surveillance cameras within the city’s mosque.
Al Jazeera witnessed Israeli troops invading the village of Arrabunah, southwest of Jenin, on Tuesday night time the place troopers confiscated footage from surveillance cameras earlier than teams of younger Palestinians threw stones at them. Shortly afterwards, the troopers withdrew.
Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli troopers positioned themselves on the hills overlooking the village of Deir Ghazzalah, which lies close to the Israeli separation wall between the northern West Bank and Israel. A surveillance drone hovered over the village at night time.
In latest weeks, there have been quite a few clashes between Israelis and Palestinians within the northern occupied West Bank, primarily in Jenin and Beita.
Two weeks in the past, at the least 4 Palestinian males have been shot useless throughout confrontations with the Israeli military within the Jenin refugee camp throughout a raid by Israeli particular forces to arrest a wished Palestinian man.
Witnesses mentioned a bunch of Palestinians engaged in clashes with members from the Israeli police’s Musta’ribeen – an undercover unit made up of Israelis disguised as Palestinians.