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Israel troops arrest 13 Palestinians in tense West Bank

Palestinian stone throwers clash with Israeli soldiers (L) on May 17, 2014 after Israeli settlers marched into the West Bank village of Burin, according to witnesses. The neighbouring communities from the Palestinian village of Burin and the Israeli settlement of Yitzhar clash regularly. AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: The Israeli army said Sunday that troops had arrested 13 wanted Palestinians overnight as tension remained high in the occupied West Bank.

All were wanted for "illegal activities," a military spokeswoman said, indicating they were picked up in the southern cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, as well as in two villages north of Ramallah.

She did not specify exactly why they were wanted.

Israeli troops went on high alert Thursday after two youths were shot dead by border police during a demonstration near Ramallah to mark the anniversary of the Nakba, or "catastrophe" that befell Palestinians when Israel was established in 1948.

Their deaths sparked further angry clashes, and several thousand people attended their funerals Friday.

 

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