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Fatah: Israel targeting affiliates after 2 detained in Nablus

July 4, 2013 10:18 A.M. (Updated: July 6, 2013 7:01 P.M.)
Nablus ( Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from two villages in the northern West Bank district of Nablus on Thursday, during a military operation that Fatah says was aimed at it's affiliates.

Several homes were raided in the Talfit and Awarta villages in the presence of a large military force, a Fatah spokesman in Talfit told Ma'an.

Fatah members Abdullah Hajj Mohammad, 28, and Murad Khalid al-Qadi, 22, were detained in the operation in Talfit and Awarta respectively.

The spokesman said the army was searching for weapons and said Israeli forces had "threatened to burn down the village" if the arms were not handed over.

The homes of the following Fatah affiliates were raided, he said: Odeh Faraj, Yasser Musallam, Khader Hajj Mohammad, Mohammad Hajj Mohammad, Mokhlis Musallam, Wade Musallam, Yahya Shahin, Sameer Musallam, and Iyad Faraj.

The Israeli army has recently increased military operations in the northern West Bank, detaining several Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Brigade members in breach of an agreement signed with the PA in 2007, exempting fighters from arrest in return for renouncing violence and the giving up of arms.

Fatah officials say the raids have been carried out purportedly to search for weapons that were not handed over in the deal but deny that any arms have been kept.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the detentions.

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