JERUSALEM - Agence France-Press
Israeli border guards run through a cloud of tear gas as they clash with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Nablus on November 21, 2012, during a protest against the ongoing Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip. AFP photo
Israeli troops arrested 55 Palestinian "terror operatives" across the West Bank overnight, hours after a truce came into effect in the Gaza Strip, the army said on Thursday.
"A total of 55 terror operatives, who are affiliated with different terror groups have been detained. Among those arrested were a number of senior level operatives," a statement said, with public radio saying it included members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
It said the swoop was related to "recent terrorist and violent activity" in the West Bank, which has seen days of widespread protests and clashes over Israel's relentless bombing campaign targeting militants in the Gaza Strip.
The violence in and around Gaza ended at 1900 GMT on Wednesday when an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement came into force.