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Scores Held In Hamas Sweep

The Israeli army has detained 130 Palestinians in an operation targeting the militant group Hamas in the West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli military sources have said. The operation was completed early on Tuesday – overnight about 20 other Palestinians were detained in Nablus, also in the West Bank. The Israelis say the round-up followed warnings of planned attacks against civilians. An army spokeswoman said those rounded up are now being interrogated and some may be released in the coming hours. Others, however, may be held for several months in administrative detention. Who are Hamas? An Israeli adviser, Zalman Shoval, told the BBC that the operation would help the Palestinian Authority take over security arrangements. But a Palestinian adviser, Michael Tarazi, said such action would only serve to undermine the Palestinian Authority. Full Story

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