World Bulletin/News Desk
The Israeli army has detained 13 Palestinians during overnight home raids across the West Bank.
The detainees include two leading members of Palestinian Hamas movement who have been arrested from Ramallah, according to a statement by the Israeli army.
Eyewitnesses to the two Hamas leaders' respective detentions have identified them as Hussein Abu Kuweik and Fayez Abu Warda.
The Israeli army did not disclose the location to which the detainees have been taken.
Israel's latest detention campaign on Palestinians comes amid heightened tension in the region since late last month, when Israel briefly closed East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after an extremist rabbi was shot and injured by a Palestinian man in West Jerusalem.
The shooting suspect was subsequently killed by Israeli forces in a raid on his East Jerusalem home.
Unrest has mounted in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish settlers in July and Israel's subsequent 51-day onslaught on the Gaza Strip, in which over 2,160 Palestinians – the vast majority of them civilians – were killed.
In recent weeks, at least 11 Israelis have been killed – and a number of others injured – in a spate of attacks by Palestinians, both inside Israel and in the occupied territories.
Over 7,000 Palestinians continue to languish in prisons located throughout the self-proclaimed Jewish state, according to official Palestinian statistics.
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