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PA denies arrests of 40 militants returning from Syria

Feb. 13, 2014 9:49 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 15, 2014 5:41 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority security forces on Thursday denied allegations by Israeli media that they had arrested 40 Palestinians who had fought with militants in Syria.

Spokesman for the PA security forces Adnan al-Dumieri denied the allegations, saying that they were untrue accusations, and blasting the impartiality of the Israeli media in covering Palestinian issues.

An Israeli news report earlier claimed that Palestinian security forces are currently detaining 40 Palestinians who fought with militants in Syria.

Israeli website Walla, cited high-ranking PA officials saying that 40 people were detained upon their return to the West Bank.

The detained militants had fought in Syria and most of them had been involved with Wahhabi militant groups like al-Nusra front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the report said.

The report also said that PA forces had arrested 30 Palestinian affiliated with the Islamic Jihad movement.

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