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        2/4/2013, Shevat 24, 5773

      IDF: 25 Arrests in Judea and Samaria - Hamas: 3 MPs

      The Israel Defense Forces said, Monday morning, that it arrested 25 wanted terrorists in Judea and Samaria (Shomorn), Sunday evening, according to Agence France Presse, which cited Hamas as saying 20 senior members of the terror organization were arrested, including three members of the Palestinian Authority parliament. They were identified as Hatem Kafisha and Mohammad Al-Tal, arrested in Hevron, and Ahmad Atoun, detained in Ramallah.

      The latest arrests bring to 12 the number of Hamas lawmakers being held by Israel. Security sources have told AFP that Israel plans to step up arrests of suspected terrorists in the region to prevent a rising tide of violent low-intensity conflict and civil unrest from turning into an uprising.