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Hamas official: PA detains 100 members in arrest raids

July 3, 2015 1:01 P.M. (Updated: July 20, 2015 1:42 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces detained over 100 Hamas affiliates in the West Bank overnight Thursday, an official from the Hamas movement said Friday.

Senior Hamas official Izzat al-Rishaq said in a statement the detentions were a "stab in the back" for Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan, referring to the move as a "favor" for Israel.

Hamas alleged that the detention campaign by the PA was a response to accusations by Israel that Hamas was behind a string of attacks in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem targeting Israeli military forces and settlers over the past two weeks.

Officials from the Fatah movement based in the Gaza Strip condemned summons by Gaza security services for Fatah-affiliates that followed. Fatah called upon Hamas to halt the summons, adding that such targeting leads to an increase tensions in national relationships

The latest summons were reportedly for Gaza-based Fatah leaders Ahmad Zurob and Abd al-Raouf Barbakh.

Thursday night's detention raid by PA security forces came shortly after Israel's Shin Bet security service released a report saying it had uncovered a Hamas cell in the Nablus area, detaining around 40 alleged Hamas members over the past few months.

The Fatah-dominated PA and Israeli security forces have worked in coordination since the Oslo Accords in 1993, which planned for a gradual power transfer of the occupied West Bank from Israeli forces to the PA over the next five years.

Over 10 years on, Friday's back and forth between Fatah and Hamas officials comes as Hamas has frequently accused the PA of aligning with Israel's security concerns and goals in the occupied West Bank.

Comments
Tibi / Tubas
Either the PA starts arresting the Hamas murderers, or
- Area A-B Palestinian civilians will pay for what they do, just like
- Gaza Strip Palestinian civilians paid for what the war crimes Hamas did.
03/07/2015 15:33
spb / usa
i must admit they do better job than the shabac
03/07/2015 18:32
Tibi / Tubas
Gaza recently experienced the cost of not preventing Hamas war crimes, and the PLO is acting so that their West Bank Areas A and B do not experience a similar cost for not preventing Hamas' war crime murders !!
04/07/2015 15:17
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