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Palestinian Authority Nabs Hamas Militant

Palestinian security forces have arrested a Hamas militant long wanted by both the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Senior Palestinian security officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity Friday, said forces captured Ayoub Al-Qawasmi near the West Bank city of Hebron.

Officials said al-Qawasmi has been wanted since 1998 for a series of attacks on Israelis.

Israel has also been conducting security sweeps near Hebron in recent days.

Israeli forces on Thursday seized a Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament who had recently been released from an Israeli prison.

Separately, the French News Agency (AFP) Friday said Israel's Shin Bet security service released a statement saying 2010 has had the fewest militant attacks against Israel since a Palestinian uprising began a decade ago. But, the statement also says Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip have intensified efforts to smuggle in advanced weapons.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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