Over 50% of Israeli occupation forces operating in the West Bank – Middle East Monitor
More than half of the Israeli occupation forces operate in Palestinian towns in the occupied West Bank, Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced today.
He said: “We are in a tense period, and sometimes it is also painful. We are present in large-scale military activities. And 50% and even more than that of current IDF security forces operate in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank]. We’re just everywhere and whenever we think it’s right to be there, and that’s how we’ll continue.”
“It is necessary to intensify offensive and defensive efforts towards the Palestinian population and operations to prevent incitement to terrorism in social networks.
It is important to have proper preparation at all friction points, and if the need arises, the IDF will expand its operations,” he added.
Gantz’s statement comes as occupation authorities continue to impose a siege on Shuafat refugee camp and the town of Anata by closing entrances and carrying out round-the-clock raids on homes and shops. , in addition to oppressing and harassing the inhabitants, targeting with sewage and gas bombs.
Activists and committees in the area have warned that basic food supplies will run out if the siege continues, and businesses are not allowed in to deliver goods.
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It is also reported that the Israeli occupation forces yesterday raided several mosques and dozens of shops and confiscated footage from surveillance cameras.
In an interview with Ynet News today, Gantz also highlighted the activity of Lions’ Den, an armed Palestinian resistance group operating primarily in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, which emerged in August after Israel killed by Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi. .
He added: “Nablus, especially the Old City, and the Jenin area are the biggest challenges. Therefore, we have strengthened the intelligence, offensive and defensive forces and efforts around Nablus.
“We will eventually reach them. It’s a group of about 30 people and we will target them. This group will end and I hope as soon as possible.”
More than 170 Palestinians have been killed this year, including four last weekend alone.
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