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PA security forces continue crime crackdown in Area C village

Nov. 14, 2013 8:37 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 16, 2013 10:46 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces continued a crime crackdown in an Area C village north of Jerusalem Thursday, confiscating illegal materials and detaining dozens, an official said.

Abdullah Siam, Deputy Governor of Jerusalem, told Ma'an that PA security forces had arrested several drug dealers, suspected illegal weapons traders, and other wanted people in the village of al-Ram since last Friday.

The security campaign's goal, Siam said, is to protect the Palestinian people who live in the area.

As a part of the campaign, he added, security workers have identified and disposed of an excess of expired meat being sold in local shops, he added.

Siam explained: "The security campaign is comprehensive, and will deal with all that threatens (al-Ram's residents), without exceptions."

On Friday, Palestinian security forces entered Jerusalem-area neighborhoods and towns under complete Israeli control and conducted crime-fighting operations for the first time since the PA was established.

PA security spokesman Adnan Dmeiri told Ma'an that PA police forces intervened given Israel's neglect of its security responsibilities in the areas.

Israel "doesn't pay attention" to the security situation in these neighborhoods, Dmeiri said. They have become a refuge for fugitives and drug dealers.

"As a result, crime spread, endangering civil peace."

Dmeiri said offenses in some neighborhoods around Jerusalem have nearly reached the level of "organized crime," but that Israeli security has failed to address the problems.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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