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PA security forces arrest man wanted by Israel

September 18, 2023 at 12:01 pm

Palestinians take part in a protest against the violence in the West Bank, following clashes between Palestinian protesters and Palestinian security forces, in Gaza city on September 20, 2022. [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Palestinian Authority security agents arrested on Sunday evening a freed former prisoner wanted by Israel at a shop near the entrance to the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Eyewitnesses confirmed that a PA security patrol arrested Ahmed Fadl Sheikh Qassem Gadoun, 25, known as “The Rocket”, near Al-Amal Hospital. He was taken to an unknown destination.

Israeli media have reported “understandings” between the PA and the occupation forces to arrest resistance fighters in areas of the West Bank. Resistance fighters fired bullets at the presidential headquarters in Jenin in response to the PA’s arrest of people wanted by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Gadoun was wounded by shrapnel during his arrest in September 2020, when special forces stormed the Jenin camp and blew up the gate and walls of his house. He and his brother were sleeping metres away from the explosion and were injured as a result. They were arrested formally while on ambulance stretchers.

He was sentenced by the Israelis to 22 months in prison and suffered from medical negligence. His mother died during his detention.

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