Israel arrests members of militant Islamic group Hamas in the Palestinian West Bank

Published October 29, 2012

| Associated Press

Israel's intelligence service says it has arrested dozens of Hamas members in the West Bank who had been setting up infrastructure for the militant Islamic group.

The Shin Bet said Monday that 30 Hamas members were arrested near Ramallah.

Its statement said two of those arrested were involved in the murder of two Israeli soldiers by a Palestinian mob in 2000.

Hamas violently took over Gaza in 2007.

The Palestinian Authority, dominated by Hamas rival Fatah, has limited powers in the West Bank under Israel's overall security control and has launched its own crackdown against Hamas.

Israel and much of the West deals with the Palestinian Authority, while labeling Hamas a terror group due to its suicide bombings and other attacks on Israelis that killed hundreds.

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