Israeli Army Arrests 14 Suspects in West Bank; Palestinian PM Urges World 'To Stop Israeli Escalation'

The Israeli military says 14 are suspected of terror acts ■ Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh also says Israel is 'increasing its aggression'

Israeli forces carry weapons during a protest, following the funeral of Palestinian Mohammed Ghoneim in the West Bank on Monday.
Israeli forces carry weapons during a protest, following the funeral of Palestinian Mohammed Ghoneim in the West Bank on Monday.Credit: MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA/ REUTERS

Fourteen Palestinians suspected of terrorist activity in the West Bank were arrested on Monday, the Israeli army said in a statement.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank have been on the rise following a series of Palestinian terror attacks that have taken the lives of 14 Israelis in the last three weeks.

Eight suspects were detained, and four vehicles as well as two guns were confiscated by Israeli troops in the villages of Burqa and Kafr Qallil. The army also said that during the operation, dozens of Palestinians burned tires and hurled stones at the soldiers.

in the city of Hebron, IDF soldiers also detained two Hamas operatives as well as two other suspects in the villages of Burqin and Meithalun.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said in a cabinet meeting Sunday that Israel is "increasing its aggression from Jenin to Hebron." Shtayyeh also said that recent calls by Israel officials for citizens to arm themselves represent an escalation.

Shtayyeh called for international intervention to "stop the Israeli escalation which was demonstrated [on Sunday and Monday] with the killing of three Palestinians."

On Sunday, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the Palestinian Authority is complicit in terror attacks carried out by Palestinians and may by liable for damages to Israeli victims.

Shtayyeh said that the ruling is "Illegitimate" and that the Supreme Court 'had become an instrument of the occupation."

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