Israel arrests 18 Palestinians in West Bank raids
Israeli forces arrested 18 Palestinians on Wednesday night and Thursday morning during raids in the West Bank, Palestinian security forces said, Xinhua reported.
Palestinian police said in a statement that the raids took place in several cities, refugee camps and neighborhoods in the West Bank, including areas controlled by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).
In Nablus, nine people, including two girls and their four relatives, were detained. The nine are known to be affiliated with the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a security source said.
Seven other Palestinians were arrested in the holy city of Bethlehem. Israeli forces also detained a Palestinian on a checkpoint when he was returning from Ramallah to his home in Jenin and another man was detained in Hebron city in southern West Bank.
Israel says the arrests that take place almost on daily basis aim at wanted activists.
The raids embarrass the PNA since it maintains security liaison with Israel in the West Bank. Islamic Hamas movement has always slammed the PNA for keeping the security coordination with Israel.