The Israeli army this morning arrested a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from the occupied West Bank city of Al-Bireh, according to local witnesses.
Witnesses told the Anadolu Agency that an Israeli military force raided and searched the home of Palestinian MP Ahmad Attoun before arresting him.
The army, they added, also confiscated computers and mobile phones from Attoun’s residence.
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The last time Palestinian legislative elections were held in 2006, Attoun – who represents Hamas – was elected for the city of Jerusalem.
Five years later in 2011, Israeli authorities deported him to the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
Israeli forces detained nine Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the West Bank, according to an Israeli army statement.
Ahmad Attoun was abducted by Israel today bringing the number of MPs unlawfully imprisoned by Israel to 13 https://t.co/H7WRvuzD10
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The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the statement reads, without elaborating on the nature of said “activities”.
According to Palestinian figures, some 6,500 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)