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Palestinian security forces arrested 55 Palestinians sheltering in the Israeli-controlled zone of Hebron at dawn on Friday, an area known as H2 which is off limits to Palestinian security forces under the 1997 Hebron agreement. Hundreds of PA security officers set out at 2 a.m. to specific targets. Residents told Ma’an they hoped the raid would end the use of the Israeli-controlled zone as a refuge by criminals. A Palestinian security official said Israel granted access to PA forces in early January when they arrested eight Palestinians before a gun battle broke out which injured two residents.

(Ma’an News-PA)