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Israel Arrests Islamic Militants

July 6, 1999

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) _ Israel arrested five Islamic militants in the West Bank on Tuesday on suspicion they planned a terrorist attack in Israel, Israel army radio reported.

The army confirmed arrests were made, but declined to give any numbers. Palestinian police said they knew of two arrests.

The radio said the arrests were made in the three villages around the southern West Bank town of Hebron.

The militants belong to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, militant Islamic groups that oppose the peace agreements with Israel and are behind a series of attacks, including suicide bombings, aimed at scuttling the peace.

The arrests came the same day a new moderate Israeli government was sworn in.

New Prime Minister Ehud Barak vowed in a speech before parliament Tuesday to move forward peace talks with the Palestinians, which had been frozen by the previous hard-line government.

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