Tel Aviv: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that it had detained dozens of activists of the Hamas Islamist movement in the West Bank.
“In cooperation with the ISA & Israel Border Police, our troops apprehended dozens of terror operatives belonging to Hamas’ student cell at Birzeit University, north of Ramallah,” the IDF wrote on its Twitter page on late Wednesday.
The detainees are suspected of transferring money to terrorists and inciting terrorist activities in the West Bank.
“We will continue operating to thwart any threats to the State of Israel,” the IDF added.
Hamas, a Palestinian Sunni militant organization in control of the Gaza Strip, has been locked in a protracted on-and-off conflict with Israel, which still refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity. Israel holds Hamas responsible for any attack coming from the Gaza Strip.