JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas said it would strike the Palestinian Authority if the PA does not stop arresting its West Bank followers.
In an announcement released Wednesday and reported by Israel Radio, Hamas threatened the Palestinian Authority.
"You know that the hands that have reached the heart of the occupier can reach you too," the announcement said, and adding that Hamas can strike anytime and anywhere it wants.
The announcement by the terrorist group came after PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ security forces arrested at least six Hamas suspects in two attacks on Israelis driving in the West Bank last week. Four Israelis were killed in a shooting attack near Hebron on Aug. 31, and two were injured in a similar attack near Ramallah the next day.
Hamas stepped up its attacks on Israeli targets following last week’s launch of direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.