An Israeli soldier removes a Palestinian flag which was placed by protestors on a fence during a rally the day before the 66th anniversary of the "Nakba" in the Israeli-controlled West Bank checkpoint of Hawara, south of Nablus, on May 14, 2014
An Israeli soldier removes a Palestinian flag which was placed by protestors on a fence during a rally the day before the 66th anniversary of the "Nakba" in the Israeli-controlled West Bank checkpoint of Hawara, south of Nablus, on May 14, 2014 © Jaafar Ashtiyeh - AFP/File
An Israeli soldier removes a Palestinian flag which was placed by protestors on a fence during a rally the day before the 66th anniversary of the
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Last updated: May 18, 2014

Israel troops arrest 13 Palestinians in tense West Bank

The Israeli army said on Sunday that troops had arrested 13 wanted Palestinians overnight as tension remained high in the occupied West Bank.

All were wanted for "illegal activities", a military spokeswoman said, indicating they were picked up in the southern cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, as well as in two villages north of Ramallah.

She did not specify exactly why they were wanted.

Israeli troops went on high alert on Thursday after two youths were shot dead by border police during a demonstration near Ramallah to mark the anniversary of the Nakba, or "catastrophe" that befell Palestinians when Israel was established in 1948.

Their deaths sparked further angry clashes, and several thousand people attended their funerals on Friday.

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