Israeli forces arrest 40 Palestinians after attack



Tel Aviv - Israeli security forces arrested 40 Palestinians on Friday after an increase in violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem, the Israeli army said.



 
Three separate incidents on Thursday left two Israeli soldiers dead and several others, including soldiers and civilians, injured.
The Israeli army issued a statement saying those arrested had been involved in "terrorist activities" and violent riots. It said 37 of them were members of the radical Islamic Hamas movement.
Hamas declared a "day of wrath" on Friday with protests planned in the West Bank, with the Palestinian group also celebrating its 31st anniversary.
"Hamas will carry on with its struggle until our people['s] aspirations are achieved mainly freedom, return [to former Palestinian territory that is today part of Israel] and independence," it said in a statement sent to reporters.
In the most violent incident on Thursday, two Israeli soldiers were killed in a shooting at a bus stop in the West Bank. A third soldier was severely wounded and another Israeli was in a serious condition.
Israeli checkpoints around the city of Ramallah - the administrative centre of the Palestinians in the West Bank - continue to exist, an Israeli army spokesman added

Friday, December 14th 2018
(dpa)
           


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