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Israel detains 24 Hamas 'suspects' in West Bank raids

AFP , Tuesday 10 Nov 2015
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Israeli occupation soldiers walk out of a Palestinian house as they escort Israeli settlers through Palestinian land from the Tel Rumeida settlement to the Cave of Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 (Photo: AP)
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Israel occupation forces arrested 24 suspected members of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in overnight raids in the northern Occupied West Bank, the army said on Tuesday.

The raids targeted a suspected Hamas network in Qalqilya, a town just over the Green Line from Israel that is partly surrounded by Israel's racial separation barrier.

"The heads of the network, who ran the regional headquarters, were operating to renew Hamas activity in the area and plotting terror activity," the army said.

Those detained included "senior Hamas operatives who have been previously arrested for participating and planning Hamas terror activity," it said, adding that around $9,000 had been seized.

Palestinian security officials confirmed the overnight raids.

The arrests come amid a flare-up of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories that killed 80 people on the Palestinian side and 10 Israelis. 

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