Israeli army arrests six Palestinians in West Bank

19:46, December 30, 2010      

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The Israeli army arrested six Palestinians in the West Bank Thursday, including a Hamas lawmaker, witnesses and security sources said.

The detention of the member of the Palestinian Legislative Council took place in Hebron city, the security sources said, adding that the soldiers broke into his house.

In 2006, Israel arrested a lot of Hamas legislators and ministers in the West Bank, after the Islamic movement captured an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid near the Gaza Strip.

But in recent months, Israel released most of Hamas officials, including Khalil Al-Rab'i, the lawmaker who was arrested again on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said it arrested five other Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank. Israel Radio reported that the detainees were wanted by the state's security and intelligence services.

The Israeli raids in the West Bank, which was controlled by the Palestinian National Authority, take place on daily basis. Hamas, which controls Gaza, accuses the PNA, led by PNA President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, of liaizing with the Israeli army in arresting Hamas activists there.

On the same day, eight Palestinian prisoners were injured when Israeli police stormed their rooms in Ofar jail, near Ramallah city, the Gaza-based Higher National Committee to Support Prisoners said in a statement.

The statement added that scuffle started when the Israeli police used dogs to check the rooms of the prisoners and forced some of them to take off their clothes during the search.

Source: Xinhua
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