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Refugee camp clashes increase as Palestinian security steps up raids

The West Bank is becoming more volatile as security services continue to raid refugee camps in operations the Palestinian Authority is trying to keep quiet.
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Tension between the West Bank refugee camps and the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security services has been escalating since Oct. 21, particularly in the Balata, Jenin and al-Amari camps.

There are several reasons behind the armed clashes that have been occurring in the West Bank camps over the past 10 days. The Palestinian security services have been pursuing individuals wanted in connection to crimes, and they broke up a meeting of Fatah leaders opposed to President Mahmoud Abbas, most notably Tafa al-Bass, held at al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah on Oct. 22.

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