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Witnesses: PA security block Israeli raid on Jenin

Nov. 22, 2012 3:02 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2012 10:00 A.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces on Wednesday blocked Israeli troops from entering the northern West Bank city of Jenin, witnesses said.

PA security patrols stationed at Beer al-Jamal, south of the city, stopped a number of Israel military vehicles, leading to long altercations between Palestinian officers and Israeli soldiers.

Eventually, Israeli troops left the area, witnesses told Ma'an.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Overnight, Israeli forces detained 55 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank, the Israeli army said. Nine people were detained in three villages around Jenin, but none were detained from the city itself, a military statement said.

Under the 1993 Oslo agreement, the PA has full security control over urban center in the occupied West Bank, but Israeli forces enter almost every night to detain Palestinians and search homes. They instruct PA forces to return to their bases before the raids.

On Tuesday, a PA security officer said Palestinian forces had refused to provide security coordination to Israeli troops entering Tulkarem in the northern West Bank.

He said the Palestinian liaison officers turned down the request because the troops wanted to enter at the time children were going to school in the morning.

The PA security commander told Ma'an around 200 officers deployed around the city in front of Israeli military patrols. Israeli forces eventually retreated, he said.

An Israeli military spokesman did not respond to a request to comment on that incident.

There are 4,520 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails as of November 2012, according to Addameer. This figure includes 156 administrative detainees held without charge, 164 children and 10 women.
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