Israel arrests four Palestinian officials in West Bank raids: source

17:18, June 02, 2011      

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Israeli forces arrested four Palestinian officials from Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party during raids in different parts of the West Bank, Palestinian security sources said Thursday.

The arrest of the officials took place near Tulkarem cities and in Nablus.

The detainees included Abdul-Rahman Zidan, a Hamas lawmaker, and Hossam Khader, a former lawmaker from Fatah, according to the sources, adding the four officials were arrested from their houses.

Zidan is the second Hamas lawmaker arrested this week. By now, Israel holds 16 legislators in its prisons, including 13 from Hamas, two from Fatah and one from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

During the overnight raids, Israel also arrested four ordinary Palestinians.

Israel Radio said the detainees were wanted by security and intelligence services.

Source: Xinhua
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