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Security forces arrest over 40 Hamas members in Nablus

March 19, 2014 9:18 P.M. (Updated: March 19, 2014 9:18 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian security forces arrested dozens of Hamas members following the funerals for the bodies of Palestinians held on Wednesday in Nablus, a Palestinian security source told Ma'an.

The source said that over 40 Hamas members were arrested "for the events that followed the funeral," without elaborating.

He claimed that Hamas members attacked the ambulance which had delivered the remains of former Hamas leader Mohammad al-Hanbali, breaking its windows and assaulting a doctor and a nurse.

They removed the Palestinian flag he was covered in, stomped on it, and subsequently wrapped him with a Hamas flag, he said.

The two main rival Palestinian parties have been on cold terms since 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of the West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.
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