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Israeli forces raid house, arrest senior Hamas leader in West Bank

December 13, 2021 at 11:48 am

Sheikh Hassan Yousef seen following his release from Israel’s Ofer prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on January 19, 2014 after spending 28 months in prison [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli occupation forces raided on Sunday night the home of senior Hamas leader in occupied West Bank, Hassan Yousef, 65, and arrested him.

According to Safa, a large number of Israeli occupation forces raided the city of Betonya in the outskirts of Ramallah and broke into Yousef’s house, before arresting him.

Yousef, who is an MP, was released in July 2020 after spending 10 months under administrative detention inside Israeli prisons.

According to Safa news, Yousef spent a total of 21 years in Israeli prisons, mostly under administrative detention.

He suffers from several chronic diseases, including hypertension and diabetes and needs continuous medical care.

Palestinian factions condemned the detention of Yousef, whom they assert is being detained for no reason but to incarcerate him under administrative detention.

When he was previously arrested, the Times of Israel said it had asked the Israeli security about the reason for his detention, and they claimed he was involved in “renewed Hamas activity.”

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