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Fatah blames Iran as intra-Palestinian violence rocks West Bank

Tensions in the West Bank are not new but have picked up since the start of the Gaza war amid frequent Israeli raids, changes in the Palestinian government and Palestinian reconciliation talks.
Palestinians survey a destroyed pavement following an Israeli raid in the Nur Shams camp near Tulkarm on March 4, 2024, West Bank.

The West Bank city of Tulkarm has become a flashpoint for intra-Palestinian tensions and violence recently, and the leading faction in the Palestinian Authority (PA) is accusing Iran of stoking unrest in the territory.

What happened: Palestinian and Arabic-language media reported on Saturday that clashes broke out between PA security forces and the Tulkarm brigade of Saraya al-Quds, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad. The clashes reportedly began after the security forces attempted to detain a local Saraya al-Quds commander named Abu Shija.

Al Jazeera Arabic reported on Sunday that Saraya al-Quds’ Qafin brigade warned that “any attempt to arrest our fighters from Tulkarm to Jenin will be met with a severe and direct response.”

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