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Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority of "direct cooperation with the enemy" after it arrested Hamas members in conjunction with recent West Bank terrorist attacks that left four Israelis dead and two others injured last week, Army Radio reported Thursday.
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Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum likened the arrests to "treason" and warned the Fatah run authority not to hand the men over to Israel.
"The continuation of this criminal campaign crosses all red lines and is direct cooperation with the enemy in the clear light of day," Barhum continued.
The spokesman warned that "the arrests will only increase Hamas's
determination to continue the resistance and intensify our painful
strikes on the Zionist enemy."
The Palestinian Authority reported
on Tuesday that security forces arrested several Hamas members for
their suspected involvement in the shooting attack that killed four
Israelis from Bet Hagai last week.
Palestinian officials also
reported that security
organizations arrested two men
suspected of carrying out the recent
West Bank shooting attack that injured two Israelis at the Rimonim
Junction, east of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Two people were
injured, one seriously, when a Palestinian gunmen ambushed the Israeli
Barhum called on Palestinian factions to confront the
Palestinian Authority in order to put an end to the "treason."
claimed responsibility for both attacks and also accused the
Palestinian Authority of arresting hundreds of its members in the wake
of the killings.