West Bank: Seven Palestinians detained as Israeli army completes withdrawal from northern settlements
An Israeli force backed by tanks and armored personel carriers raided a refugee camp near the West Bank city of TulKarem early on Wednesday, arresting sevent men, Palestinian sources reported. They said the arrested men included Mari'i Shahdeh, Raed Nimer al Ghul, 45, a member in the Palestinian security forces, Ahmed Galeb al Ghul, 22, Firas Dakhiliya, 28, Sajed Abu Harb, 22, Bahaa Rasmi Jaber, 23 and Muhammed Rasmi Jaber, 26, who is also member in the Palestinian police. Israel said all the arrested men were part of the Islamic Jihad Movement.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army has announced the completion of its withdrawal from two West Bank settlements. The army left the settlements of Ganim and Kadim -- the first two enclaves to be declared evacuated in August -- on Tuesday evening, the Israeli military said in a statement.
It pulled out of the nearby West Bank settlement of Sanur on Monday and Homesh last week.
According to AFP, Israeli military sources have noted that unlike the Gaza Strip, the area evacuated in the northern West Bank will remain under Israeli control with soldiers continuing to patrol the district.
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