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Security spokesman denies West Bank Hamas arrests

Jan. 16, 2014 9:13 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2014 12:54 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority security forces on Thursday denied Israeli media reports that the PA had arrested Hamas members in the West Bank.

Adnan al-Dumieri told Ma'an Thursday that Israeli reports claiming the PA had arrested a small group of Hamas members in Bethlehem and another in Hebron were false.

"We have no information about this issue," al-Dumieri told Ma'an.

"Israelis are releasing false, poisoned, untrue, and unrealistic information as part of an Israeli media campaign against the president, the leadership, and the Palestinian security forces," he said.

Al-Dumieri said Israel was avoiding its responsibilities in the ongoing peace negotiations, and attempting to foil negotiations by any means necessary.

Earlier, a report by the Israeli news website Walla said improvised explosive devices were found in a car in Hebron and that Hamas members were planning to detonate it inside Israel.

The report also claimed that a group of Hamas members in Bethlehem were planning an attack.

Both groups were arrested by PA security forces, the report said, citing a Palestinian security source.
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