Israel arrests 23 Hamas men including three lawmakers in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank Mon Feb 4, 2013 6:02am EST

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel arrested 23 Hamas members in the occupied West Bank on Monday, some of them lawmakers, the Islamic group and the Israeli military said.

Hamas said in a statement that the three Hamas lawmakers Ahmed Attoun, Hatem Qafisha and Mohammed al-Talhad had been detained in the early hours of the morning, as well as several local Hamas leaders.

"It is a criminal act that will not succeed in stopping their struggle," the statement said, "We in the Hamas movement strongly condemn the campaign of arbitrary arrests that took in dozens of Hamas leaders."

An Israeli military spokeswoman would not confirm whether Hamas lawmakers had been arrested and did not provide any of the men's names or say why they had been detained.

"Twenty-five Palestinians were arrested, 23 of them belonged to Hamas," she said.

Hamas, which Israel, the United States and the European Union consider a terrorist organization, won the last Palestinian parliamentary election, in 2006.

In 2007, after a unity government collapsed, it seized control of the Gaza Strip from Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement.

Egyptian efforts to broker a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah, which holds sway in the West Bank, have so far been unsuccessful.

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Comments (3)
kenradke11 wrote:
Good going Israel :) Arrest every last one of those Hamas terrorists!
And charge them with conspiracies and lock them up and finally lose the key!!!

Feb 04, 2013 6:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
AdamSmith wrote:
Israel has craftily stolen much land from the Palestinians, every year, for the last 60 years, since 1948. It has continued to murder them when they resist the land stealing, labeling them “terrorists”.

America and Israel have become the great murderers of the world.

In the last 40 years, what nation has killed more human beings on Earth than any other?

America. The American military killed over a million Vietnamese, people who never harmed us. Then it killed Iraqi humans, around 100,000, who never harmed us in any way. Now it is killing Afghan humans. If any Afghanistan boy, trying to live an honorable life, bravely resists the heavily-armed American invader of his homeland, he is shot down by Obama’s thugs in uniform.

Israel, meanwhile, every year murders Palestians who resist Israel’s land theft.

Feb 04, 2013 9:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
rgbviews wrote:
In Israel’s form of democracy if you don’t like your elected opposition just arrest them. Dictatorships arrest their opposition, not democracies.

Netanyahu is doing his best to provoke his enemies into a conflict. Without a major conflict his government cannot survive. So the world will pay in blood and treasure in order to support Netanyahu’s ego.

Feb 04, 2013 10:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
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