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Palestinian police shut West Bank radio station

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Palestinian police closed a radio station in the West Bank after Israel charged the broadcasts interfered with Israeli military and airport communications, a Palestinian security source said on Friday.

Majdi al-Arabid, owner of the al-Hariya station, said Palestinian forces had arrested him and kept him in custody for a day when he refused their orders to shut the station, then freed him on bail on Friday.

The station's broadcasts are pro-Fatah, the secular Palestinian movement headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. Once based in the coastal Gaza Strip, al-Arabid moved the station to the West Bank when Hamas Islamists seized Gaza in 2007.

Palestinian police have in the past few months increasingly taken up security duties in the West Bank, territory Israel captured in a 1967 war but where Palestinians have a margin of self-rule on land they seek for an independent state.

Israel has insisted on better Palestinian security control as a condition for resuming peace talks stalled since last December. Palestinians have demanded Israel stop building Jewish settlements. ((Reporting by Mohammed Assadi; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Charles Dick) ((allyn.fisher.reuters.com; +972-6322202; Reuters Messaging:allyn.fisher.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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