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Lawmakers held at West Bank checkpoint

May 31, 2011 8:14 P.M. (Updated: June 1, 2011 5:47 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stopped a car carrying four Palestinian lawmakers Tuesday in the occupied West Bank.

Aziz Dweik, Nizar Ramadan, Bassem Zaareer, and Anwar Zboun were held at a checkpoint near Bethlehem, Hamas officials said.

Nizar Ramadan was taken to an undisclosed location and Dweik was freed, Hamas officials and the Israeli military said.

All four lawmakers represent Hamas in the Palestinian parliament.

Earlier, Israeli forces detained 12 Islamic Jihad supporters during raids on six villages around Jenin in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

The Israeli military said 12 "senior activists" in the movement were detained in a joint operation with the Israel security forces, coordinated with Israel's Civil Administration in the West Bank.

The army said the detainees were "suspected of providing guidance in planning terror activities as well as transferring finances and taking an active part in the rebuilding of terror networks in the region."
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