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January 05, 2003

Israel arrests three armed Palestinians from Egypt

Three armed Palestinian men have been arrested by Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip. The men were reportedly heavily armed with automatic rifles and trying to enter Rafah from neighboring Egypt. Seven other Palestinians wanted by Israel were also arrested in two West Bank towns. Since June, the Israeli army has detained thousands of Palestinians for questioning. An Israeli human rights group said last week that more than 1,000 Palestinians were being held in so-called administrative detention, which allows suspects to be held indefinitely without charge or trial.