Israel Jails Kin of Slain Fighter

Israeli forces have arrested four relatives of a Palestinian fighter killed in a raid on his house in the southern West Bank city of Hebron (al-Khalil).

Chief of Al-Khalil’s Detainees Center, Amjad an-Najjar, identified the four individuals detained as Maison Sweiti and her brothers Ahmed, Abed, and Othman.

An Israeli military spokesman also confirmed on Monday that four people had been arrested during the operation, but provided no more details on the identity of the detainees.

The arrests came after Israeli security forces bulldozed the house of al-Qassam Brigades commander Ali Sweiti, 42, in the southern village of Beit Awa.

Sweiti sustained fatal injuries in a fire exchange following his refusal to surrender to Israeli forces. The incident sparked furor in al-Khalil, where dozens of Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops in the area.

Meanwhile, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused the Palestinian Authority of cooperating in Sweiti’s murder.

"The assassination of this al-Qassam commander is a dangerous crime, which comes in the context of the occupation’s determination to eliminate the forces of resistance, and especially the al-Qassam Brigades in the West Bank," he warned.

Sweiti’s killing coincided with a raid by Palestinian Authority’s security forces who arrested more than 20 Hamas-affiliated individuals in Nablus on charges of planning major attacks against Israel.

(Press TV)

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