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The Palestinian Authority said on Tuesday it was facing a “conspiracy” Israel and some countries in the region seeking to harm the Palestinian national movement.
This statement was made in response to the riots that broke out in Nablus on Monday evening after PA security forces arrested two Palestinians, Musab Shtayyeh and Amid Tbeile .
"We emphasize the need to maintain order and security and show responsibility, because our main battle — this is an occupation,” Nabil Abu Rudayneh, spokesman for the PA chairman, said.
Palestinian sources say that Shtayyeh is close to the leader of the armed wing of Hamas, Izaddin al-Qasam, who is wanted by Israel for his involvement in terrorism. Shtayyeh was also a close friend of Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, a militant recently killed by the IDF in Nablus.
Shtayyeh and Tbeyle were transferred to the PA-controlled Jericho prison, a Nablus human rights activist said.
The Shtayyeh family issued a statement denying allegations that he had surrendered to PA security forces.
The arrest of the two men is seen by some Palestinian political analysts as a signal from the PA to Israel and the US that they are fighting terrorism. They also noted that the unrest reflected a state of deep dissatisfaction with the leadership of the PA among the Palestinians.
one analyst said. “The Palestinian leadership is now trying to show Israel and the Americans that it is taking steps to rein in the militants.”
Another analyst pointed out that the arrest came on the eve of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. "Abbas wants to show that he is still in power. But what happened in Nablus could provoke an uprising against the Palestinian Authority,” — said the analyst.
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