Friday, June 10, 2011

IOF kidnap former minister of prisoners affairs, Wasfi Qabaha

[ 10/06/2011 - 09:21 PM ]

JENIN, (PIC)-- IOF troops kidnapped Friday at dawn former Palestinian minister of prisoners’ affairs, Wasfi Qabaha from his home the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Um Usama, the Qabaha’s wife, told PIC that a number of IOF patrols surrounded the building in which they live in the west of Jenin City and raided their apartment, adding that one of the officers told her husband that there was an order for his arrest and took him away.
 She added that her 50-year old husband was arrested by the occupation more than ten times and spent about 12 years in occupation jails in aggregate. The last time he was detained for three years under the so called administrative detention, without charge or trial, from which he was released in April last year.
She also said that the arrest of her husband was arbitrary and targets the Palestinian reconciliation and said that her husband suffers from several medical conditions which he developed as a result of prolonged periods of detention in occupation jails in very harsh conditions.
The IOF has launched a campaign of arrests against Hamas leaders, MPs and academics after Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo.

Israel detains Hamas leader from Jenin
Published Friday 10/06/2011 (updated) 10/06/2011 19:48
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained Hamas leader and former minister Wasfi Qabaha overnight Thursday from his home in the West Bank city of Jenin, witnesses said.

Locals said soldiers surrounded Qabaha's home amid intensive shooting and took the 50-year-old to an unknown location.

In 2007, Qabaha was arrested by Israeli forces and detained without charge for three years under administrative detention.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops detained eight Palestinians overnight from the West Bank.

She could not immediately identify the detainees but said one man was detained in Jenin.

Locals in Hussan village west of Bethlehem said Israeli troops detained 22-year-old Muhammad Shusha in a dawn raid on his father's home.