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Israel, PA seek to prevent Hamas from igniting West Bank

Joint security efforts in the West Bank between the Palestinian Authority and Israel aim to prevent Hamas cells from instigating strife.
A Palestinian prepares to throw a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops back to the soldiers during clashes following a gun battle where the troops shot dead two Palestinians, Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, in the West Bank city of Hebron September 23, 2014. Israeli troops shot dead the two Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday and the military said they were members of Hamas responsible for the killing of three Israeli youths in June, an attack that led to the Gaza war. Kawasme an
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Israel announced the arrest on Nov. 21 of a Hamas-affiliated military cell in the West Bank, which was planning on carrying out suicide bombings against Israeli soldiers and settlers.

The detailed announcement stated that the Hamas-affiliated cell included 30 members, some of whom received military training elsewhere and returned to the West Bank to execute missions against Israel. According to the announcement, such missions included a shooting, a bombing, kidnapping Israelis from both inside and outside Israel, rigging cars with explosives and carrying out an operation inside Jerusalem's soccer stadium.

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