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PA forces raid Israeli-controlled area
Published Friday 06/01/2012 (updated) 08/01/2012 12:13
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Palestinian Authority officers take part in their graduation ceremony at the
Academy for Security Sciences in Jericho. (MaanImages/Rami Swidan, File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- For the first time since the Palestinian Authority was established, its security forces on Friday raided an area under Israeli control in Hebron in the southern West Bank.

PA forces entered Mount Johar, an area in Hebron under Israeli military control, and detained eight Palestinians, a PA security officer told Ma'an on condition of anonymity.

The three-hour raid was coordinated with the Israeli army, he added.

The officer said the detainees were wanted on criminal charges and had been hiding in the area, which is beyond the jurisdiction of Palestinian police.

PA security forces came under fire during the raid and shot back injuring two gunmen, he said.

The officer said police had been requesting permission from Israel to enter the area for several years, adding that the neighborhood had become a safe haven for criminals to escape prosecution.

Under the Oslo Accords, PA police can only work freely in Area A -- around 17 percent of the West Bank.

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1 ) Arnold / Canada
06/01/2012 18:19
Sounds like a positive thing. Co-operation between Israeli security and Palestinian security.

2 ) Star UK / UK
06/01/2012 20:01
If Maan is correct in its assessment of the nature of the people detained -- it sounds like a good thing. However, in many more instances, it is collaboration, arrests without foundation and no due process protections.

3 ) yeah.... / that's not the problem
06/01/2012 23:03
it would be much better if israel wasn't occupying Palestine and the Pal police had more freedom...not to mention that the occupying forces are breaking the international law every day and the fact that under international law THE OCCUPATION IS ILLEGAL!! WASN'T RECOGNIZED BY UN.... and those areas were created to enable israel to take more land and destroy Pal homes....but all that is less important, eh?

4 ) god bless / the occupier
07/01/2012 00:43
what next ?they can make arrests in jerusalem?

5 ) Tony / New York
08/01/2012 11:19
One day Palestinians will be arresting Zionist war criminals and putting them on trial for crimes against humanity. There will be no place in the world these vermin can hide.
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