Palestinian Authority denies Daesh cells operate from West Bank
Palestinian security forces train female officers in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
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A spokesman of the Palestinian Authority's security services insisted Monday that Palestine is free from any cells affiliated to the Islamic State militant group.
Adnan Dameiri said in a news conference in Ramallah that Israel had "baselessly" suggested ISIS-affiliated groups were in the occupied Palestinian territory.
"We are obviously adamant not to have ISIS or umbrellas for them in Palestine. Those who have been trying to create the ISIS phenomenon are Israel and Hamas given that the Muslim Brotherhood movement is the incubator which created al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Nusra Front and other Jihadist and Takfiri organizations," he said.
Dameiri added that the Palestinian people succeeded to protect themselves from the turmoil in the rest of the region. "The people’s awareness was the immunity and antibiotic against deferring to religious extremism, ISIS and infighting."
The PA security services, added the spokesman, have interrogated several suspects over affiliation to ISIS, but they were all set free after they proved their innocence.