The Israeli military said Thursday it has banned 12 Jewish extremists from entering the West Bank for three to nine months because they are suspected in violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.
The military said it was acting pre-emptively but did not have enough information to launch criminal proceedings against the radicals. The extremists were not identified in the military's statement Thursday.
The statement called the ban was a "preventative measure to remove the threat by the activists in the area."
Jewish radicals opposed to government actions against West Bank settlements have carried out a long line of attacks in recent months on Israeli military bases and Palestinian mosques, cemeteries, farmland and cars.
Critics have faulted Israeli officials for not cracking down on Jewish extremists.