Israeli officials deny ordering Jenin evacuation

Smoke rises during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, on July 3, 2023. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
Smoke rises during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, on July 3, 2023. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

Israeli officials deny ordering residents of the Jenin refugee camp to evacuate, after Palestinian media said the IDF had ordered residents to leave the area.

Crowds of Palestinians are leaving Jenin, as Israeli forces crack down on terror groups in the West Bank city.

The IDF’s Arabic language spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, says the evacuation reports are baseless.

Security officials tell the Ynet news site that the IDF did not issue an evacuation order, and that the Jenin residents are fleeing to escape the fighting.

Hundreds of armed terrorists are holed up in the crowded quarter of the city, the officials say, and Israel has indicated the operation will continue.

Military officials tell the Walla news site that hundreds of families have fled Jenin of their own accord to escape the fighting.

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