Israel has launched a major aerial and ground offensive into the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, its biggest military operation in the Palestinian territory in years, in what it described as an “extensive counter-terrorism effort”. The White House said it defended Israel’s right to security and was monitoring the situation on the West Bank closely. Access to all injured must be ensured.”Alarmed by scale of Israeli forces operation in #Jenin, occupied #WestBank. A senior Hamas official called on young men in the West Bank to join the fighting. Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy head of the organisation’s political bureau, said: “To our heroes in the West Bank, from the south to the north: this is your day, young men.