PA security spokesman says West Bank 'under control'
Published Sunday 06/10/2013 (updated) 08/10/2013 10:25
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority forces have security in the West Bank under control and will continue to deal with anyone who violates the law, security services spokesman Adnan Damiri said Saturday.
Security forces in the West Bank will deal with any violation of the law and will apply the law whatever it takes, Damiri said.
Hundreds of Palestinian National Security Forces deployed in the Jenin district this week, conducting several sweeps in the area in search of alleged "fugitives."
Commenting on the deployment, Damiri said that security forces will take action against anyone who breaks the law, even if suspects "hide behind the names of martyrs and prisoners."
"Security forces in Jenin targeted people who damage public and personal property," Damiri said, adding that dozens of people had been detained.
The crackdown is not targeting a specific political faction but is intended to preserve internal peace and stability in the West Bank, the security spokesman said.
On Wednesday, PA security forces raided Jenin camp in order tackle the disorder in the region which followed the killing of Islam al-Tubasi on Sept. 17 by Israeli forces.
Islam al-Tubasi was a Palestinian youth who was killed by Israeli security forces in a raid on his family home in Jenin refugee camp. The killing sparked massive protests and a wave of outrage, particularly as it followed weeks of violent Israeli crackdowns across the area.
In May of last year, Palestinian Authority forces launched a large scale security crackdown in the Jenin district against local strongmen, rival gangsters who smuggle drugs, and rogue security officers suspected of arming and directing them.
Families of people detained during the raids criticized the PA for holding their kin without charge or trial and cracking down on Palestinians instead of combating Israeli occupiers.
The Palestinian National Security Forces are the paramilitary force of the Palestinian National Authority. Their movements and operations are widely subject to Israeli approval. A significant part of their funding and training comes from the United States and other Western countries.