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Israel bans former Hamas minister from home village

Oct. 29, 2010 6:24 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 30, 2010 1:10 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities banned a former Hamas minister from entering his home village in the Jenin district, the former official said on Friday.

Wasfi Qabaha said told Ma'an that the order prohibiting him from access was issued by an Israeli commander during a raid on his home in the Al-Iskan neighborhood in Jenin, north of the village where he was born.

During the raid, the former detainees' minister was ordered not to enter Barta'a Ash-Sharqiya, where his relatives live.

Qabaha said the commander told him Israeli security did not want to see him in the occupied Palestinian territories, and that a court decision would be implemented in November apparently expelling him from the West Bank.

The forces, backed by armored vehicles, surrounded Al-Iskan for four hours, Qabaha said, and broke into the homes of several Hamas leaders, including Qabaha, Ghassan Az-Zughaibi and Hamas spokesman Khaled Al-Haj.

The commander delivered threats to the men, and discussed the current political situation with them, Qabaha said.

An Israeli military spokesman was not immediately familiar with the incident but said he would look into it.

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