Prominent Palestinian lawmaker detained for Hamas ties

Published January 24th, 2016 - 09:40 GMT
A Palestinian shepherd walks by the controversial wall in East Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
A Palestinian shepherd walks by the controversial wall in East Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Israeli forces detained at least six Palestinians, including a Palestinian lawmaker and a former Palestinian Authority minister, from their homes in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron overnight Sunday, Palestinian and Israeli sources told Ma'an.

Palestinian security sources said Israeli forces detained Hatem Qafisha, a Hamas-affiliated member of the PLO's Palestinian Legislative Council, from his home in the Wadi al-Hariyya neighborhood of Hebron city.

Security sources added that unidentified assailants set fire to Qafisha’s private vehicle after he had been detained and Israeli forces had left the area.

Israeli forces also raided the Nimra neighborhood around dawn and detained Issa al-Jaabari, who served as the PA's Minister of Local Governance in 2006.

Sources said Israeli forces blew the front doors off of al-Jaabari's home before raiding the dwelling and detaining the former minister.

Furthermore, Israeli forces carried out predawn raids in the al-Sheikh neighborhood of Hebron city and detained a former prisoner identified as Ibrahim Jamil Hassan after ransacking his home, along with several others in the neighborhood.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not confirm specific detentions, but said Israeli forces detained four Palestinians in Hebron city, all of which were reportedly detained for being "Hamas operatives." The spokesperson added that two more Palestinians were detained in areas north and west of the city.

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