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Israeli forces detain Hamas lawmaker in Nablus

Nov. 24, 2012 9:08 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 30, 2012 9:57 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained a Hamas-affiliated Palestinian lawmaker early Saturday after ransacking his home in Nablus in the northern West Bank, locals said.

Military vehicles raided the western part of Nablus before ransacking home of 46-year-old Yasser Mansour and detaining him. Mansour is a member of the inactive Palestinian Legislative Council, representing Hamas.

Israeli forces started a detention campaign against Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the West Bank right after the military offensive against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip during which an Israeli bus was bombed.

On Friday Israeli forces detained at least five members of the Palestinian parliament in the West Bank who are affiliated to Hamas, among 28 Palestinians detained in raids.

In Ramallah, soldiers detained the secretary-general of the Palestinian Legislative Council Mahmoud al-Ramahi.

MP Basem Zairir was detained in Samua, south of Hebron, along with other leaders in the Change and Reform party, which is affiliated to Hamas, Nidal Oref Zairi and Jamal Yusuf Musa Abu Jaydal.

In Tulkarem, forces detained two lawmakers, Fathi Qarawi and Riyad Radid. Another MP, Emad Nofal, was seized in Qalqiliya.

A prominent Hamas figure was also detained in Bethlehem, 50-year-old Mustafa Issa Musa al-Aruj.

Prisoners rights group Addameer said on Thursday it had documented more than 200 detentions by Israel in the West Bank since the bombardment of Gaza started, including scores at protests against the war.

In one case, Addameer said, a man had been knocked unconscious, and was still detained by forces.

"The arbitrary arrests of Palestinian youth is unacceptable ... We demand the immediate release of these prisoners of conscience, and an end to this practice," Addameer said.

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