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Jenin massacre (3 April 2002)
The Jenin Refugee Camp, which was established by refugees coming from Haifa in northern Israel, a Palestinian land occupied by Israel in 1948, and neighboring villages, was attacked by Israeli Defense
Palestine, Middle East 02.04.2011

The Jenin Refugee Camp, which was established by refugees coming from Haifa in northern Israel, a Palestinian land occupied by Israel in 1948, and neighboring villages, was attacked by Israeli Defense Forces in April 2002. Covering an area of around one square kilometer, the camp was under the control of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). According to data from the UNRWA, there were a total of 13.755 people in the Jenin refugee camp when it was attacked in 2002. 

The Israeli attack named, “Protective Wall Operation” on the Jenin camp has been one of the biggest massacres committed against the Palestinian people. Israeli tanks besieged the camp and helicopters rained down bombs on the residents of the camp. Then, Israeli bulldozers entered and demolished the houses. Israeli soldiers took almost all the men in the camp to an unknown place. 

Although there are controversial reports regarding the death toll in Jenin, it is possible to say that the death toll was 1300. The fact that such a massacre took place in a camp which was under the supervision of the UN shows the level of importance the Zionists give to the international community. According to reports from the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, thousands of civilians were injured, hundreds of buildings were demolished and 4000 people were left homeless in the Israeli attacks on the Jenin Refugee Camp. The Jenin massacre went down in history as the first massacre of the 21st century. 

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