Former Palestinian Governor Among Dozens Arrested by Israeli Forces in West Bank

Talal Dwikat is a senior Fatah member and former governor Israel says was arrested for weapons-related crimes.

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Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.Credit: IDF spokesperson
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Israeli forces arrested early Wednesday Talal Dwikat, a former governor of Jenin in the West Bank and a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council. The Israeli military said Dwikat was taken into custody after intelligence suggested he was involved in weapons-related criminal activity.

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Dwikat was arrested two days after his son was apprehended. Twenty-four Palestinians were arrested during the overnight West Bank raid. The military said 11 were suspected of hurling rocks and firebombs.

Fatah said said that the arrest of senior Fatah members would "only strengthen the movement" and its struggle "for freedom and independence."

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly tried to stab them in a refugee camp east of the West Bank city of Nablus. According to the army, the man ran with a drawn knife toward the soldiers during a raid in Far'a , a refugee camp.

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