Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Israel calls on Jihad, Hamas officials to surrender

JENIN (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday told Islamic Jihad and Hamas members in Jenin to surrender because they are wanted for arrest, Palestinian officials told Ma'an.

Israeli forces raided the house of Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad leader, in Arraba village southwest of Jenin and the house of Hamas leader Abdul Baset Al-Haj in Jalqamus village east of Jenin and handed out the notifications.

Earlier, Israeli forces detained 12 Islamic Jihad supporters during raids on six villages around Jenin in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

The Israeli military said 12 "senior activists" in the movement were detained in a joint operation with the Israel security forces, coordinated with Israel's Civil Administration in the West Bank.

The army said the detainees were "suspected of providing guidance in planning terror activities as well as transferring finances and taking an active part in the rebuilding of terror networks in the region."

In Bethlehem, meanwhile, Israeli forces stopped a car carrying Palestinian lawmakers Aziz Dweik, Nizar Ramadan, Bassem Zaareer, and Anwar Zboun at a checkpoint, Hamas officials said.

Nizar Ramadan was taken to an undisclosed location and Dweik was freed, Hamas officials and the Israeli military said.

All four lawmakers represent Hamas in the Palestinian parliament.