Palestinian security arrest Hamas rivals

Palestinian security forces arrested dozens of Hamas members in overnight raids in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the largest security crackdown since 2007, officials said.

Palestinian security arrest Hamas rivals

Adnan Al-Dmairi, security spokesman for the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, said the Hamas men had planned “to sow chaos” but he gave no specifics charges.

Islamist Hamas controls the Gaza Strip and is a rival of Fatah, the group headed by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas which is dominant in the West Bank. Though Abbas formally reconciled with Hamas last year to form a unity government, distrust remains.

“We are arresting them for interrogation or to put them on trial based on evidence they are threatening Palestinian internal security stability and are trying to drag the region and drag us into military confrontation and destroy the area,” Dmairi said.

Hamas said 108 of its members were taken into custody in raids in towns across the territory.

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