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Israelis detain dozens in occupied West Bank, including parliamentarians

February 17, 2014 at 1:50 am

Israeli occupation forces have detained dozens more Palestinians in sweeps throughout the West Bank. Three elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and several ex-ministers linked to Hamas were among those arrested.

Local sources said that 21 detainees have been identified although some remain unidentified. However, it is believed that all are linked in some way to the Islamic Resistance Movement. About half of the detainees, the sources said, are from the West Bank city of Hebron.

The manager of AHRAR Centre for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights, Fo’ad al-Khafash, said that PLC members Hamed Attoun, originally from Jerusalem but expelled by Israel to Ramallah, Hatem Kofeeshah and Mohammed Ismail al-Tal are among the detainees, as are prominent Hamas activists Adnan Asfour, Baker Belal, Falah Nada, Reyad Walweel, Omar al-Jabreeni, Sameer Bohees and Adnan al-Hosari.

Sources in Tulkarem said that Israeli forces broke into the headquarters of the local Zakat Committee and confiscated property belonging to the charity.

According to his father, when they arrested Mamoun Zawahreh, the soldiers took photographs of the inside of his house and its contents before leaving.