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PA forces raid apartment building of former intel chief

Feb. 1, 2015 6:44 P.M. (Updated: May 5, 2015 2:47 P.M.)
Correction appended

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian security forces carried out household raids in Nablus and the nearby Balata refugee camp on Sunday, including the building of the Palestinian Authority's former general intelligence chief, sources told Ma'an.

Jamal Tirawi, now a Fatah-affiliated member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, said that PA forces stormed several houses including his brother's apartment, who lives in the same building.

He told Ma'an that security officers tried to break into his apartment in Balata refugee camp at 4 a.m. The apartment is located in a building owned by his family.

"The security officers asked to inspect my apartment after they entered all the apartments, where my brothers live on the upper floors. When I told them that my apartment enjoys immunity (from PA raids), they asked to inspect the apartment of my brother who lives next door."

Tirawi told Ma'an that he intends to sue the governor of Nablus and the security services in the city.

Security sources told Ma'an that the forces who inspected Tirawi's house were looking for one of his relatives who they thought he was hiding there.

They said they arrested five "fugitives" in Balata refugee camp and in Nablus.

The crackdown will continue until all fugitives in the Nablus area are arrested, they added.

PA security forces often conduct late-night raids in the homes of Palestinians across the West Bank, sometimes in conjunction with "security coordination" with Israel.

This version corrects that PA forces raided the apartment of Jamal Tirawi's brother, and did not enter the MP's residence.
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