PA Special Force Carries Out First Hevron Night Raid
(IsraelNN.com) The newly-deployed Palestinian Authority Special Force in Hevron carried out its first raid in the wee hours of Monday morning and rounded up approximately 20 "fugitives," according to Hevron PA police chief Ramadan Awad.
No specific details as to the identity of the detainees were made available, other than the information that they were "criminals and Hamas loyalists," according to the Associated Press.
The overnight raid was conducted in the nearby town of Samoa by PA police and intelligence units who "smashed down doors," reported the AP.
More to the point, however, is the fact that this is the first time that the U.S.-trained and equipped special force in any city have operated during the night hours, at least to the public's knowledge.
A small initial unit of the Special Force was first deployed in Shechem last May, followed by a larger contingent that was stationed in Jenin in July.
But until now, it has been the IDF that has conducted all the counterterrorism operations in all the PA areas, since even the U.S.-trained PA Special Forces have limited their activities to maintaining law and order and fighting crime, rather than fighting terrorists.
The Hevron contingent of 550 troops was deployed over the weekend, freeing the IDF and Border Police units in the area to carry out other activities, including the demolition of the Federman family home.