Israeli army arrest 10 Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank

11:32, December 29, 2010      

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Israeli forces on Tuesday arrested 10 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including a Hamas lawmaker, witnesses and security sources said.

Six of the detainees were fishermen, Palestinian and Israeli security sources said. The Israeli naval forces arrested them off northern Gaza Strip's coast after they approached the maritime marks that Gaza fishing boats should not exceed.

Israel Radio said that the fishing boat was dragging "a suspicious body" through the water, and that they discovered the body via radars.

Israel does not allow Gaza anglers to sail farther than two nautical miles (some 3.7 km), though mutual agreements between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) give the fishermen more space that reaches about 32 km.

In the West Bank, meanwhile, the Israeli army arrested four, including a member of the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council.

Mohammed Al-Tull, the Hamas legislator, was arrested from his house in Hebron city, Palestinian security sources said.

It is the second time that Israel arrests Al-Tull. The first time was in 2006, when Israel detained most of West Bank-based Hamas lawmakers in response to the capturing of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier, in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas now controls the Gaza Strip while the PNA is confined to the West Bank. In June 2007, Hamas routed forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas and seized Gaza.

The other three Palestinians were detained in different cities during overnight raids.

Source: Xinhua
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