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Israel arrested 10 members of the Islamist terror group Hamas overnight, the army said Monday, although Arab officials put the number at 15.

"Ten Hamas operatives were detained overnight across the West Bank," an IDF spokeswoman told AFP, without giving any further details or reasons for the arrests.

Hamas has ruled Gaza since it took over the territory by force in 2007, but many of its members remain in Judea and Samaria, which is home to the Palestinian Authority (PA), dominated by president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah organization.

PA security officials told AFP that Israel had on Sunday night arrested 15 Hamas members in the cities of Tulkarm and Shechem in Samaria, and in the city of Hevron in Judea.

The officials said two of those arrested in Hevron were PA MPs who had been detained several times before, but the army spokeswoman could not confirm this.

The rest were mostly "students," the PA officials said.

There has been a spike in violent Muslim terror against Israel in the last month, including the killing of two soldiers and a civilian. The arrests may be part of an attempt by the IDF to stem this rise in violence.

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