Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson

Israel Defense Forces raided various Arab villages throughout Judea and Samaria overnight Wednesday into the wee hours of Thursday in an extensive and dangerous search for Palestinian Authority fugitives accused of terrorist activities.

At least 11 suspects were rounded up by the forces in arrest operations carried out despite clashes with rioters in some of the locations.

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Three of the fugitives were taken into custody – including a former prisoner – in Jenin, according to the Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA news agency.

A similar raid was carried out in Silat al-Harithiya, west of Jenin, where a fourth suspect was arrested. A fifth fugitive was taken into custody in the town of Tubas. Two more – both former prisoners — were rounded up in Kobar, northwest of Ramallah.

A terror suspect was also arrested in the Arab village of Tuqu’a in eastern Gush Etzion, near the Jewish community of Tekoa, in Judea, on the southern outskirts of Jerusalem.

Forces detained another former prisoner currently accused of terrorist activity, in al-Fawwar, a suburb of Hebron – also in Judea – after an extensive search of several houses, according to WAFA. Two other suspects were arrested as well.

All of the detainees are suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, popular terrorism, and violence toward civilians and security forces. They were turned over to security personnel for interrogation, the IDF confirmed.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.