Hamas said on Tuesday that the arrest of its members in the West Bank by the IDF was aimed at foiling efforts to achieve Palestinian "national reconciliation."
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Palestinian sources said that the IDF arrested several Hamas members in pre-dawn raids on their homes in various West Bank cities.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Tuesday's arrests were also designed to "negatively impact" the results of future elections in the Palestinian territories.
He pointed out that the arrests coincided with the beginning of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission's effort to register voters for presidential and parliamentary elections.