On Thursday night, air raid sirens sounded in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, warning the Israeli residents to go into shelters as the Palestinian resistance fired two rockets in Gaza.

The rockets were in response to the massive Israeli invasion of the city of Jenin and the Jenin refugee camp on Thursday, in which Israeli soldiers killed nine Palestinians.

The escalation on Thursday follows three weeks of daily incursions into Jenin and other areas in the West Bank. Since 2023 began, Israeli forces have killed thirty Palestinians, most of them civilians in the northern part of the West Bank. No Israelis have been killed in the same time period.

In response, on Thursday night, the Palestinian resistance fired homemade shells toward the settlements around the Gaza Strip.

This marks the first response from the resistance in Gaza to the Israeli escalation in the Jenin refugee camp.

Israeli sources said that warning sirens were activated in “Ashkelon” and after the settlements around the Gaza Strip.

A spokesman for the occupation army stated that “two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory, and they were intercepted.”

On Thursday,  Israeli soldiers killed Yousef Yahia Abdul-Karim Mheisin, 22, near Ramallah in the central West Bank, during a procession condemning the Israeli onslaught on Jenin, leading to the killing of nine Palestinians, including one woman and two siblings.

The slain Palestinians have been identified as:

  1. Saeb Mahmoud Ezreiqi, 24, Jenin city.
  2. Ezzeddin Yassin Salahat, 26, Jenin refugee camp.
  3. Abdullah Marwan Al-Ghoul, 18, Jenin refugee camp.
  4. Wasim Amjad Aref Abu Al-Ja’as, 22, Jenin refugee camp.
  5. Majeda Obeid, 61, Jenin refugee camp.
  6. Mo’tasem Mahmoud Abu Al-Hasan, 40, Al-Yamoun town.
  7. Mohammad Mahmoud Sobeh, 30, Burqin town.
  8. Mohammad Sami Ghneim, 28, Burqin town.
  9. Nour Sami Ghneim, 25, from Burqin.

The soldiers also killed one Palestinian, Yousef Yahia Abdul-Karim Mheisin, 22, in the Al-Ram town, north of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, during a procession condemning the Israeli onslaught on Jenin.

Also Thursday, a Palestinian child, Nayef Oweidat, 13, died from serious wounds he suffered last year during the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.