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Palestinian Authority steps up arrests in Nablus under Israeli, US pressure

Clashes broke out between the Palestinian security forces and citizens in Nablus, in the wake of the arrest of a wanted person by Israel, in a move further deepening the popular anger against the Palestinian Authority.
Palestinian protesters clash with Palestinian security forces following the arrest of two members of Hamas, Nablus, West Bank, Sept. 20, 2022.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — In a tight-knit ambush Sept. 20 in Nablus in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security forces arrested two Hamas fighters — Musab Shtayyeh, who is high on Israel’s most wanted list and had survived several assassination attempts, and Ameed Tbaileh, who is also wanted by Israel.

The arrest raised the ire of resistance fighters in Nablus, Jenin and several camps in the West Bank, prompting violent confrontations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces. The clashes led to the killing of a 53-year-old man from Nablus and the injury of dozens of others.

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