Jenin ambush reminiscent of Hezbollah operations, Israeli media say
Israeli media touch on the Jenin ambush from a perspective of comparing it to the operations carried out by Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon.
The ambush that took place in Jenin on Monday is very reminiscent of Hezbollah's mode of operation in Lebanon, Israeli Ynet military affairs analyst Yossi Yehoshua said hours after the incident.
The Al-Quds Brigades - Jenin Battalion said its fighters opened fire at the IOF during the raid on the camp and detonated a number of explosive devices that targeted several military vehicles.
A statement issued by the Al-Quds Brigades announced the launch of Operation Fury of the Free in response to the aggression and incursion of the occupation forces into the city of Jenin, affirming its continued fight against the occupation forces.
The Israeli occupation forces were hit by an ambush in Jenin, which included the detonation of improvised explosive devices and gunfire, resulting in the injury of seven Israeli soldiers, according to Israeli media. "The army is still trying to retrieve the vehicle that fell into the ambush," the media outlets said.
"The soldiers fell for an ambush in Jenin that included a highly-explosive IED, just as Hezbollah used to do in Lebanon," the Israeli Walla! website reported. "The IED seemingly weighs around 40kg."
The IOF's efforts to rescue its soldiers went on for over an hour, an Israeli military source told the outlet. "The Home Front Command warned that the rules of engagement are changing after the incident caught them by surprise."
"The vehicle that was hit was made to tank IEDs and gunfire, therefore they are checking whether the IED that did this damage is locally produced or was smuggled into the area," the source added.
"The IED destroyed the back of the vehicle, and the moment the soldiers got out of it, [the Palestinian freedom fighters] started shooting at them," he added. "We are not talking about a single case now, as we saw a sharp increase in the range of explosive devices used against Israeli forces last month."
Israeli KAN broadcaster military affairs correspondent Itai Blumental said: Jenin was undergoing a "'Lebanonization' process," which he said was "extremely worrying".
"The Israeli forces have been conducting arrest and raid operations in the West Bank for a year and a half, but Palestinian attacks have not decreased there. On the contrary; their methods have evolved," Israeli Channel 12 military correspondent Nir Dvori noted.
The Jenin Battalion stated that it still had more surprises in store, warning the occupation forces against persisting in their aggression against the homes of the innocent and targeting civilians.
A large Israeli occupation force had stormed the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, leading to armed clashes that resulted in the injury of several civilians.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that four Palestinians have been martyred thus far, with dozens wounded, 5 of which are in critical condition.
Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that seven soldiers were injured in the ambush.
Israeli media outlets commented on the ambush that the Israeli occupation forces were hit by in Jenin, describing what happened as "very painful and exceptionally tragic."