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Israel says 15 Hamas activists have been arrested in the West Bank raid



JERUSALEM – The Israeli military says it arrested 1

5 Hamas activists in a night raid on the West Bank.

The military said Sunday that the detainees are suspected of collaborating with a prominent Hamas operative from Gaza to extend their activities to the West Bank, which is ruled by the rival Fatah movement. The attack took place after Hamas accused Israel of killing one of its men in Malaysia and a wave of mass protests on the Gaza border that have become violent.

In three weeks Israeli troops killed 32 Palestinians and injured about 1,600. Hamas says the protests are against a decades-long blockade on the isolated strip. Israel says it defends its sovereign limit and is only targeting instigators. It is said that Hamas uses the protests as cover for attacks.

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