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Israeli forces arrest Hamas official in West Bank

Al-Taweel was elected as a mayor of Al-Bireh in 2006.

Israeli forces detained a Hamas official in the West Bank town of Al-Bireh on Sunday, according to local residents.

Israeli soldiers raided and searched the house of Jamal al-Taweel in Umm al-Sharayit neighborhood before taking him into custody, the residents said.

The Israeli army has yet to confirm the arrest.

Al-Taweel was elected as a mayor of Al-Bireh in 2006.

On an almost daily basis, Israeli forces carry out night-time raids in the occupied West Bank that allegedly target “wanted” Palestinians.

Around 6,500 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli jails, according to a January report released by Palestinian prisoner rights groups.

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