Forces of the government of the Palestinian Authority arrested as many as 100 known Hamas activists in a crackdown on that terrorist organization’s activities in the West Bank. The two organizations, which are rivals for power in the Palestinian areas, have been feuding since Hamas took over Gaza in a coup in 2006.
Adnan Al-Dmairi, security spokesman for the PA, said, ” “We will not let Hamas undermine our security and draw our country to bloodshed, we will not let Hamas carry out attacks in the West Bank. We are arresting them for interrogation or to put them on trial based on evidence they are threatening Palestinian internal security stability and are trying to drag the region and drag us into military confrontation and destroy the area.”
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An attempt at a unity government failed when the Palestinian government recently resigned en mass.
“Actions by these collaborator services will not break the movement and will not weaken resistance. We call for the immediate release of prisoners and we warn of the consequences of these unpatriotic measures, ” Hamas spokesman Abu Zuhri said in response to the crackdown.