Israel: Army arrests militants in West Bank

AP News
Posted: May 31, 2011 9:15 AM
Israel: Army arrests militants in West Bank

The Israeli military says it has arrested a dozen Palestinian militants in nighttime raids in the West Bank.

The military said Tuesday that the suspects were linked to Islamic Jihad, a small faction backed by Syria and Iran that has targeted Israeli civilians in suicide bombings and other deadly attacks. The arrests were carried out around the city of Jenin.

Troops also shut down the offices of an Islamic charity in the city. The military alleged the organization is linked to Islamic Jihad and to attempts to "harm the security of Israel's citizens and security forces."

Jenin is under the control of Palestinian security forces, but Israel still retains overall control and carries out occasional raids.

There was no immediate comment from the Palestinian Authority.