Israel Detains PA Customs Agents In Hebron

11/16/2016 - 19:46 PM

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Israeli troops detained Palestinian Authority (PA) customs officers for three hours after stopping their vehicle near Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday evening.

Palestinian officials told Ma’an that the customs agents were traveling back to their office in Hebron after they seized a truck loaded with contraband construction material at the entrance to the town of Bani Naim, east of Hebron.

As the agents arrived at a bypass highway which serves both Palestinians and Israeli settlers, an Israeli military patrol stopped their vehicle and detained them for around three hours.

The agents were taken to the Israeli liaison office, who notified the Palestinian liaison office before releasing the customs agents.

Officials added that the Israeli forces allowed the truck carrying contraband to leave as well.

The Israeli army said it was looking into the reports.

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