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February 12, 2013 10:24 am

Report: Israel’s Security Forces Net 13 Arrests Overnight in West Bank

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IDF presense in Hebron. Photo: wiki commons.

Israeli forces detained 13 people overnight during operations in the West Bank. Hamas sources and locals told the Ma’an News Agency that the targets were Hamas affiliates there. An IDF spokesperson said nine of the people arrested were affiliated with Hamas.

Hamas leader Rafat Jamil Nasif was detained in Tulkarem in an arrest raid on his home, sources in the Islamist movement told Ma’an. Three others arrested in Tulkarem were students at al-Khadouri university according to the report, one was the son of the local Imam.

In Nablus, Israeli forces detained a local Islamist student leader as well as two other students from An-Najah university, locals said.

Four people were arrested in Qalandia refugee camp in Ramallah, including two ex-prisoners, and in Hebron two other students were detained.

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The arrests come a week after multiple security operations netted dozens of arrests. Last Tuesday, Israeli forces arrested 12 people including at least three Hamas-affiliates.

A day earlier, Israeli soldiers arrested 23 members of Hamas, including three lawmakers.

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