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Islamic Jihad: PA launching war against our supporters in the West Bank

Image of the Palestinian Authority police forces violently intervening a protest against the trial of Basel al-Araj, who was killed during a raid by Israeli soldiers at his home, and his five friends in front of the Ramallah Minor Court in Ramallah, West Bank, March 12, 2017 ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )
Palestinian Authority police force can be seen violently arresting a Palestinian man [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Islamic Jihad has accused the Palestinian Authority of waging a “vicious war” against the movement and its supporters in the occupied West Bank.

Movement leader, Khader Habib, said during an interview with Quds Press yesterday that the Palestinian Authority’s security agencies have arrested a number of the movement’s members in the West Bank and cut their salaries.

“The Palestinian Authority exercises its policy of arresting political opponents which is not new despite long appeals to stop these practices,” he said.

He added that the Palestinian Authority is following a plan in the occupied West Bank which serves Israel’s security at the expense of the Palestinian people and resistance.

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The PA security services have recently arrested a number of Islamic Jihad members and leaders in the occupied West Bank including freed leaders Ahmed Dar Nasr, 56, and Ahmed Hassan Nasr, 54, as well as leader Riyad Abu-Safiya, 54.

Several Palestinian factions in the West Bank including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine accuse the Fatah dominated PA of carrying out political arrests against members of opposition groups.

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