Monday, February 4, 2013

Israel arrests Hamas-affiliated Palestinians

In this picture from December 2012 a Palestinian man talks to a ICRC staffer in front of a poster concerning people Israel arrested or banned from Jerusalem. Second from left on the poster is Ahmad Attoun, who was rearrested last night  (AFP)

Israeli forces conducted an arrest sweep of Hamas-affiliated officials in the West Bank overnight Sunday, including two Palestinian MPs. An Israeli military spokeswoman said 25 Palestinians were held overnight, but would not elaborate on the identity of the detainees.
Locals identified the legislators detained as Hatim Qafisha from Hebron city and Ahmad Attoun, a lawmaker from Jerusalem who was exiled by Israel to Al-Bireh in the West Bank. Thirteen other Hamas officials were seized in the raids, according to local sources.
Israel holds 4,743 Palestinians in its prisons, including 12 Palestinian MPs and 178 held without charge, according to latest figures from prisoners group Addameer.

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