A United Nations report on Israel's assault on the Jenin refugee camp rejected on Thursday Palestinian charges of a massacre but faulted Israel for endangering civilians by using heavy weaponry in densely populated areas and keeping out aid and medical workers. The Jenin refugee camp was founded in 1953 by Jordan to house displaced Palestinians who fled or were expelled during the 1948 War. A war cemetery for Iraqi soldiers and local combatants is located on the outskirts of Jenin. In private, Peres is referring to the battle as a "massacre." The only reference to the word in the report itself is in eyewitness accounts "by survivors of the massacre at Jenin refugee camp" submitted by Jordan's UN mission. Serious damage was done to water, sewage, and electrical The camp was targeted during Operation Defensive Shield after Israel determined that it had "served as a launch site for numerous terrorist attacks against both Israeli civilians and Israeli towns and villages in the area." For 19 years, the city was under Jordanian control. Operation: Defensive Shield Occupational soldiers prevented ambulances and medical teams from entering the camp. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres Peres is very worried about the expected international reaction as soon as the world learns the details of the tough battle in the Jenin refugee camps, where more than 100 Palestinians have already been killed in fighting with IDF forces. Between 2 and 11 April, a siege and fierce fighting took place in the Palestinian refugee camp of the city of Jenin. The camp was densely populated, which forced the IDF to engage in door-to-door combat instead of relying on aerial bombardment. The Jenin massacre went down in history as the first massacre of the 21 st century. In 2014 the camp had a population of 16,000. It contained an extensive military infrastructure for terrorist operations against Israel that involved all of the main Palestinian … In the wake of the ICC’s decision to launch a war-crimes investigation against Israel, a look back at 2002’s “Operation Defensive Shield” and the baseless accusations that followed it. The Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank was the scene of some of the harshest fighting during Israel's "Defensive Shield" operation. 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 result was devastating. The film was finally banned only after Nissim Meghnagi, an IDF reservist who took part in the operation at the Jenin Refugee Camp, filed a defamation lawsuit of his own against Bakri. Over 500 Palestinians were killed, mostly children, women and elderlies. The Jenin refugee camp was the site of the operation’s most notorious battles. According to them, 200 armed men were hiding in the camp- part of a enemy group of ISRAEL What led up to it? The Massacre of Jenin took place in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, Palestine between April 1 st and April 12 th, 2002, it happened twenty year after Sabra and shatila Massacre and fifty years after Qibya Massacre. UN fact-finding team on Jenin refugee camp massacre – SecGen press conference – Transcript (excerpts) TRANSCRIPT OF PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN AT HEADQUARTERS, 22 APRIL The IDF encountered heavy resistance from Palestinian terrorists entrenched in the camp.