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Hamas takes hit after latest PA crackdown

A widespread security campaign by the Palestinian Authority has been targeting Hamas members in the West Bank, arresting hundreds and refusing to reveal the reasons behind these measures.
A member of the Palestinian security forces is seen behind a flag during a celebration in the West Bank city of Ramallah upon the return of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from the U.N. General Assembly in the U.S., September 25, 2011. The Palestinians want the United Nations Security Council to decide on their bid for full membership of the world body within a fortnight, a leading official in the Fatah movement of President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (WEST BANK - Tags: POL

Palestinians awoke July 3 to the news of a sudden and wide-scale arrest campaign launched by the Palestinian security apparatus against hundreds of Hamas members and cadres in the West Bank. The campaign has been ongoing for around two weeks as of this writing and has been targeting the cities of Tulkarm, Salfit, Hebron, Bethlehem and Nablus.

Hamas published July 14 a list of the names of 250 Hamas members who have been detained in Palestinian prisons since the beginning of the arrest campaign.

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