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150 Palestinians arrested in raids on southern Gaza

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July 24, 2014 | 8:35 am

<em>Israeli soldiers guard Palestinians captured during a military offensive in the Gaza Strip on July 23. Photo by Walla News/Handout via Reuters</em>

Israeli soldiers guard Palestinians captured during a military offensive in the Gaza Strip on July 23. Photo by Walla News/Handout via Reuters

Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers.

About 70 of the arrested Gazan Palestinians, who are suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks, were transferred for interrogation, The Times of Israel reported, citing an Israeli military spokeswoman.

Most of those who surrendered in the raids on Rafah and Khan Yunis are believed to be members of Hamas, according to the Times of Israel.

All of the detainees were later released.

Several prominent field commanders of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad were targeted in recent days by both the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service in a combined effort, the IDF said in a statement issued Thursday.

“All terrorists targeted were involved in many attacks against IDF soldiers in Gaza and in the firing of rockets at Israeli communities,” the statement said. “They’ve also been central figures during Operation Protective Edge.”

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