PA Arrests Dozens of Hamas, Islamic Jihad Militants in West Bank

Hamas arrests in Gaza Islamic Jihad militants during mission to free a Gazan believed to have been abducted by the Islamic Jihad men.

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The Palestinian Authority has arrested dozens of Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in the West Bank over the past two weeks, a PA source told Haaretz on Wednesday.

Hamas police in Gaza in 2007.Credit: AP

According to the source, several of those detained by the PA were high ranking officials in the organizations.

Meanwhile Hamas, which controls the Gaza enclave, detained four members of the rival Islamic Jihad on Wednesday.

Ehab al-Ghsain, spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry, said Hamas's security force had been on a mission to free a Gazan believed to have been abducted by the Islamic Jihad men, and that all five were under interrogation.

He denied Islamic Jihad's assertion that Hamas men had confiscated equipment from the scene, the offices of a charity belonging to Islamic Jihad in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

Hamas has been trying to keep other Islamist movements in line in the Gaza Strip, which it has run since 2007. Islamic Jihad and other more radical factions including al-Qaida-inspired groups complain that Hamas security forces have repeatedly blocked them from firing rockets into Israel, and have sometimes seized weapons.

Hamas leaders deny any crackdown against other factions opposed to peace with Israel, but say that all groups reached an understanding to curb rocket attacks after Israel's devastating military offensive on Gaza in January 2009.

Residents of Khan Younis said a month of mounting tension between the two groups had led to sporadic scuffles and gunfire in the area.



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