The Palestinian Authority on Thursday evening announced it was halting security coordination with Israel following a count-terrorism raid in Jenin in which nine Arabs were killed, including eight terrorists and one civilian.
The move was announced by Deputy Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Nabil Abu Rudeineh, who said that “security coordination with the occupation government no longer exists as of now,” in light of the "repeated aggression against our people, and the undermining of signed agreements."
Rudeineh also said that the PA intended to file another complaint with the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court over Thursday morning's raid.
The PA previously halted security cooperation with Israel in 2020 over the government's plans to apply Israeli sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria, which were never implemented. The PA resumed the security cooperation after six months. Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has often used the threat of halting the cooperation in protest against Israeli actions.
US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf told reporters that the Biden Administration cautioned the PA against halting security cooperation with Israel.
“We don’t think this is the right step to take at this moment,” she said. “Far from stepping back on security coordination, we believe it’s quite important that the parties retain, and if anything, deepen security coordination.”
IDF forces entered Jenin Thursday morning as part of a counterterrorism operation against Islamic Jihad militants who were plotting a major terrorist attack. The troops came under heavy gunfire, and in the ensuing battle, nine Arabs were killed. Most of the fatalities were terrorists, although one civilian was killed in the crossfire.
A senior IDF officer stated that "we eliminated a ticking time-bomb in the form of Islamic Jihad terrorists who were planning a series of attacks on the homefront."
Although security forces attempted to penetrate the camp without being detected, terrorists were still expecting them and set up a warning system as well as 30 separate barricades to block their entry. As soon as the IDF and special forces officers were spotted, gunfire broke out, first targeting a jeep carrying a senior IDF commander.
Meanwhile, special forces officers entered the camp disguised as Arabs, concealed on a truck carrying milk. They congregated in the vicinity of the home of one of the wanted terrorists, surrounding the building. A huge fire-fight broke out during the course of which at least three terrorists were killed by Israeli fire, terrorists belonging to Islamic Jihad who had been in the process of planning to execute a series of "significant" terrorist attacks.
According to PA reports, nine Palestinian-Arabs were killed, including a 60-year-old woman, and several others were injured, some of them seriously. With regard to the civilian allegedly caught in the crossfire, an IDF spokesman said that, "We are familiar with the claim that a Palestinian civilian was wounded. The circumstances of the incident are under investigation."
In addition, two wanted terrorists were identified as they attempted to flee from the scene. Security forces fired at them and they were neutralized, according to sources. "One of the wanted men who had barricaded himself inside the building later gave himself up to security forces at the scene. IDF engineers then entered the building in order to set off a controlled explosion of two bombs that the wanted men had been planning to use. A fourth wanted man was located within the building and he too was neutralized."
IDF sources added that, "A number of armed men were identified and hit. We are examining allegations that additional people were killed due to the exchange of fire. No injuries were identified among security forces."
Meanwhile, IDF forces in the area are being bolstered by paratroopers, due to warnings of revenge attacks. Furthermore, Iron Dome batteries are being readied in the event of significant missile fire from Gaza.
The IDF has published several videos from the scene showing troops under heavy gunfire and of terrorists firing and throwing Molotov Cocktails from a rooftop.