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Palestinian government pledges to protect citizens against criminals

July 12, 2016 4:32 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2016 12:15 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian government discussed the issue of fugitives in criminal cases in the occupied West Bank during a weekly cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, the spokesman for the Palestinian Authority (PA) said.

Yousif al-Mahmoud told the official Palestinian Wafa news agency that the government would urge anyone involved in outstanding criminal cases to turn themselves in to Palestinian security services.

“A campaign is ongoing to provide security for Palestinian citizens,” al-Mahmoud reportedly said, while highlighting that the government would be making decisions in upcoming days on ways of dealing with fugitive criminals in the West Bank.

“Security for citizens, their properties, and lives is a top priority of the Palestinian leadership,” al-Mahmoud said. “We will never forgive or provide immunity to anyone who threatens the security of our citizens.”

The meeting comes just two weeks after several young men were killed in disputes in Jenin, Nablus, and occupied East Jerusalem.

In Jenin, at the end of June, three Palestinians were killed and more than a dozen injured following a family dispute that erupted into violence.

On Wednesday, at the start of the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr, a young Palestinian man was killed in a dispute in the Sur Bahir neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

Just two days later, on Friday, another young man was killed in a park in the al-Badhan area of Nablus.

Nablus was also the site of a deadly shooting at the end of June that resulted in two Palestinian security officers being killed and at least 13 civilians reportedly wounded after a gunman opened fire on a police officer’s home.
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