In an unprecedented operation, the IDF arrested overnight Wednesday over 60 senior Hamas members throughout the West Bank, including ministers in the Palestinian Authority parliament.
Detainees included such senior figures as Finance Minister Omar Abdel Razek, Labor Minister Muhammed Barghouti, parliament member Mohamemd Abu Teir and the mayors of Kalkilya and Jenin. Army Radio revealed that Deputy Prime Minister Naser a-Din Shaer was not arrested, as was reported earlier.
In the cities of Ramallah, Nablus, and Bethlehem security forces arrested the men and took them to be interrogated under the suspicion of being involved in terror activities against Israel.
OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh told Army Radio that IDF troops surrounded a building in Ramallah where some 20 Hamas members were staying. They surrendered without a fight, he said. He added that the arrests were to continue in the future days.
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“Israel Air Force pilots buzzed Syrian President Bashir Assad’s palace on Wednesday morning in a clear message warning him not to intervene in the conflict in Gaza.”
“The IAF launched air strikes on an empty field in southern Gaza on Wednesday afternoon.
No casualties were reported.
The strikes were meant to deter Palestinians from moving the kidnapped IDF soldier to another location.”