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Israel places deputy leader of Islamic Movement under house arrest

Israeli occupation police last night placed the deputy leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, under house arrest accusing him of inciting terror and violence, Aljazeera.net reported.

Israeli police summoned Al-Khatib to an investigation centre in Nazareth yesterday morning and interrogated him for three hours after it was claimed that he had incited violence using his Facebook page and on newspapers.

He was released and later placed under house arrest for five days pending an investigation.

Al-Khatib saying: "I was investigated in the wake of the failed coup attempt in Turkey as the people took to the streets in Kafr Kana neighbourhood rejecting the coup. Israeli police claim I was behind that activity."

He said the occupation's measures would never push him to "relinquish" his principles "whatever the price is."

Israel outlawed the Islamic Movement last October and closed charities run by the organisation.

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