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Israeli military: Soldiers, police arrest 24 Hamas suspects, seize funds in raid in West Bank

  • Israeli medics carry a wounded Israeli following a stabbing attack in a light rail train in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Israeli police say Palestinian assailants have attempted to carry out a pair of stabbing attacks on Israelis in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says in the first incident, two Palestinian minors stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli guard on the Jerusalem light rail in east Jerusalem. The guard shot one assailant and passengers subdued the second one. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Israeli medics carry a wounded Israeli following a stabbing attack in a light rail train in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Israeli police say Palestinian assailants have attempted to carry out a pair of stabbing attacks on Israelis in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says in the first incident, two Palestinian minors stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli guard on the Jerusalem light rail in east Jerusalem. The guard shot one assailant and passengers subdued the second one. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli medics carry a wounded Palestinian following an attempted stabbing attack outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said Israeli forces shot a 37-year-old Palestinian man who allegedly chased after them while wielding a knife as they walked toward the Old City. The suspect is in critical condition in a Jerusalem hospital. A second Palestinian man was injured by the gunfire, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Israeli medics carry a wounded Palestinian following an attempted stabbing attack outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said Israeli forces shot a 37-year-old Palestinian man who allegedly chased after them while wielding a knife as they walked toward the Old City. The suspect is in critical condition in a Jerusalem hospital. A second Palestinian man was injured by the gunfire, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)  (The Associated Press)

  • People watch behind a police line as Israeli police officers work at the site of an attempted stabbing attack outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Israeli police say Palestinian assailants have attempted to carry out a pair of stabbing attacks on Israelis in Jerusalem on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    People watch behind a police line as Israeli police officers work at the site of an attempted stabbing attack outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Israeli police say Palestinian assailants have attempted to carry out a pair of stabbing attacks on Israelis in Jerusalem on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

The Israeli military says soldiers and police have arrested 24 suspected Hamas operatives in the northern West Bank town of Qalqilya.

Tuesday's raid comes as Israel has faced a wave of Palestinian attacks, mainly stabbings, in the West Bank and east Jerusalem over the past two months.

The Israeli army says it uncovered a "vast Hamas network," funded and directed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Qatar. The army says an equivalent of $9,000 was seized.

Hamas, a militant Islamic movement that controls the Gaza Strip, has encouraged the latest attacks but hasn't claimed responsibility for them.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri says the arrests won't deter Palestinian attackers but "will boost our people's insistence to continue the Intifada and make the occupation pay the price of its crimes."