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Some 40 Palestinians are being held in Palestinian Authority prisons on suspicion of having
fought alongside Syrian rebels against the forces of President Bashar Assad, senior Palestinian
sources told The Times of Israel on Thursday. The fighters were arrested upon their return to
the West Bank.
During questioning the prisoners revealed that they had joined a variety of radical Islamic organizations that are active in the civil war in Syria, including Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, both of which are affiliated with al-Qaeda and designated as terror organizations by Israel and the United States, the sources said.They noted that Palestinian security forces had also recently arrested nearly 30 people suspected of being members of a radical Salafist jihadi network in the West Bank.Israel’s Shin Bet security service has warned that the civil war in Syria, a magnet for aspiring jihadists throughout the Middle East, has deepened the roots of al-Qaeda and like-minded organizations in the region. Those groups, it said, were increasingly striving to link up with willing Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in order to strike Israel and Western targets.