Israel detains 11 Palestinians in West Bank sweep

Joint overnight operation by police and army targets those suspected in terror activity, violent riots

Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers in the West Bank on January 17, 2016 (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers in the West Bank on January 17, 2016 (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

Israeli security forces arrested 11 wanted Palestinians in the West Bank overnight Thursday-Friday, for suspected terrorist activity and violence.

Police and Border Police officers and IDF troops carried out the raids, and took the suspects for investigation, Channel 2 reported.

The arrests come a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that “extremist elements” were attempting to sow unrest in Jerusalem and other areas in efforts to renew violence between Israelis and Palestinians ahead of the Passover holiday, which starts next week.

The prime minister said security forces would increase their readiness to counter these attempts amid a wave of terror attacks that began more than six months ago and has lately been ebbing.

“There are, at present, attempts to rekindle the unrest and the violence, especially over Passover and the Temple Mount, as we previously experienced during the holidays last autumn,” Netanyahu said during a speech in Tel Aviv to the union of local authorities.

“On the eve of the Passover holiday, all kinds of extremist elements are promoting lies about our policies on the Temple Mount with the aim of causing riots and fueling tensions. We are working against these inciters and against these inciting elements, and we will increase our forces in places of friction and also take defensive measures. We are also sending messages to Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and the entire Arab world,” he said.

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