The Jerusalem Post
May 31, 2011 - 12:00am

IDF forces in coordination with the Civil Administration on Monday overnight arrested 12 wanted Palestinians in the Jenin area.

The IDF Spokesman said that the detainees were senior Palestinians Islamic Jihad (PIJ) members who are suspected of "providing guidance in planning terror activities as well as transferring finances and taking an active part in the rebuilding of terror networks in the region."

Additionally, the spokesman said GOC Central Command, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi ordered the closure of the offices of the "El Bara'a" association offices in Jenin, for its connection to the PIJ and the Gaza-based organization "The Soul of Jerusalem."

Both of the organizations, the spokesman said, were declared illegal as "they operate constantly in order to harm the security of Israel's citizens and security forces."

On Monday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt met with senior members of the Syrian-based Islamic Jihad over ways of consolidating Palestinian national reconciliation, a PA official said.

The two sides also discussed the PA security crackdown on Islamic Jihad operatives and supporters in the West Bank, the official said.

Islamic Jihad has condemned the ongoing crackdown and urged the PA to release all its members, especially in wake of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation accord that was reached in Cairo three weeks ago.


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