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Palestinian security forces arrest 'top fugitive' in Hebron

Sept. 12, 2017 12:24 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2017 4:55 P.M.)
(File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinian security services in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron said Tuesday that "one of the most dangerous fugitives" in the district has been arrested.

A security source said officers of the Palestinian Authority's general intelligence service arrested a notorious fugitive known as "al-Dahbour," who the source described as one of the most dangerous criminals in the Hebron area and in the town in al-Dhahiriya in particular.

Al-Dahbour had allegedly been on the run for several years, and was accused of illegal drugs and weapons trading, threatening civilians at gunpoint, among other crimes.

The security source added that in prior instances, the fugitive fled to Israel whenever the PA tried to arrest him. He was ultimately apprehended "thanks to the efforts of loyal citizens," the sources said, without providing further details.

The PA has launched a massive security crackdown to seize weapons and detain “wanted criminals” across the occupied West Bank, in a campaign seen as a part of the government's widely-criticized security coordination with Israel established under the Oslo Accords.

Under the practice, PA security forces’ regularly arrest Palestinian suspects wanted by Israel, suppress Palestinian protests, and share intelligence with the Israeli army, which has been denounced as a revolving door policy of funneling Palestinians between Israeli and PA jails for the same offenses.

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