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Israeli Troops Arrest Palestinian Legislators and Ministers

transmitter | 29.06.2006 10:18 | Anti-militarism | Repression | World

Israeli soldiers raided the West Bank Wednesday at midnight, arresting the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, at least nine Legislators, seven ministers, the mayor of Qalqilia and his deputy. All of the arrestees are members of the democratically elected Hamas movement.


The Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, reported that soldiers arrested the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Aziz Dweik, after surrounding a building in Al Baloa' neighborhood in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Also in Ramallah, troops surrounded a residential building and arrested the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Dr. Nasser Al Deen Al Sha'er, the Minister of Finance Dr. Omar Abdul-Raziq, Minister of Detainees Wasfi Qabha, and Minister of Planning Samir Abu Aisha.

Soldiers also arrested Palestinian Labor Minister Mohammad Al Barghouthi after stopping him at a checkpoint at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah shortly after midnight. He was taken to an unknown location.

Ashraf, the brother of minister Al Barghouthi, said the soldiers blindfolded his brother and took him to an unknown destination.

Al Barghouthi was heading back home with his brother to Kober village, near Ramallah, after conducting a TV interview.

In Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers arrested Legislators Ahmad Atwan, Wa'el Al Hosseiny, and Mohammad Abu Teir after breaking into their homes.

The brother of legislator Wa'el Al Hosseiny told WAFA that Israeli troops detonated an explosive at thedoor of his brothers' house in the Al Dahia area near Jerusalem and violently broke into his house.

Local sources in Jerusalem reported that a huge military force participated in the attack and the new legislators arrested were all taken to unknown locations.

Continuing their raid in the West Bank, troops entered Hebron and arrested Minister of Waqf and Islamic Affairs Nayef Al Rajoub and legislators Khleel Rib'ey, from Yatta village , and Basim Al Za'areer, from Al Samoa'.

Senior Palestinian sources reported that Israeli security forces and soldiers, supported by several military vehicles, broke into the house of Khaled Abu Arafa, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, in Jerusalem and arrested him.

Israeli soldiers also raided Bethlehem, arresting Palestinian Legislative Council member Anwar Zboun. His location is not currently known.

Legislators Khaled Sa'id and Hamas legislative council spokesperson Khaled Suleiman were arrested in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Troops invaded northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, breaking into the homes of Mayor Wajeeh Qawwas and his Deputy, Hashim Al Masry. Both were arrested.

Qawwas was elected a the mayor of Qalqilia while he was imprisoned in Israel. He was only released last month.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers surrounded a hotel in Ramallah where several Hamas legislators and ministers are holed up and calling them to surrender.

Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyya, said earlier that day that Israel should halt its attack against the Gaza Strip, adding that the Israeli military escalation “complicates the situation” instead of properly solving the crises of the abducted soldier in the Gaza Strip.

Haniyya added that the American position that supports the declared wide-scale military operation “gives Israel a green light to resume its assault on the Gaza Strip and ignores the suffering of the Palestinian people."

Several Hamas supporters and leaders were also arrested in the arrests.

The arrests are part of the ongoing Israeli attack against the Hamas-led Palestinian government while Israeli troops continue their shelling of the Gaza Strip as part of the “Summer Rain” military offensive ordered by the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.



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