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PA forces raid Israeli-controlled area

Jan. 6, 2012 4:38 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 8, 2012 12:13 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- For the first time since the Palestinian Authority was established, its security forces on Friday raided an area under Israeli control in Hebron in the southern West Bank.

PA forces entered Mount Johar, an area in Hebron under Israeli military control, and detained eight Palestinians, a PA security officer told Ma'an on condition of anonymity.

The three-hour raid was coordinated with the Israeli army, he added.

The officer said the detainees were wanted on criminal charges and had been hiding in the area, which is beyond the jurisdiction of Palestinian police.

PA security forces came under fire during the raid and shot back injuring two gunmen, he said.

The officer said police had been requesting permission from Israel to enter the area for several years, adding that the neighborhood had become a safe haven for criminals to escape prosecution.

Under the Oslo Accords, PA police can only work freely in Area A -- around 17 percent of the West Bank.

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