Israel arrests West Bank Hamas militants

Associated Press
Smoke trails of rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza Strip towards Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Gaza militants pummeled southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortars on Wednesday, and Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinians in a sharp escalation of violence following a landmark visit to the coastal territory by the leader of Qatar. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Smoke trails of rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza Strip towards Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Gaza militants pummeled southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortars on Wednesday, and Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinians in a sharp escalation of violence following a landmark visit to the coastal territory by the leader of Qatar. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's intelligence service says it has arrested dozens of Hamas members in the West Bank who had been setting up infrastructure for the militant Islamic group.

The Shin Bet said Monday that 30 Hamas members were arrested near Ramallah.

Its statement said two of those arrested were involved in the murder of two Israeli soldiers by a Palestinian mob in 2000.

Hamas violently took over Gaza in 2007.

The Palestinian Authority, dominated by Hamas rival Fatah, has limited powers in the West Bank under Israel's overall security control and has launched its own crackdown against Hamas.

Israel and much of the West deals with the Palestinian Authority, while labeling Hamas a terror group due to its suicide bombings and other attacks on Israelis that killed hundreds.

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