Israeli forces detain 5 in Hebron

Maan News Agency | Aug 24, 2011

HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Israeli army detained five Palestinians in the Hebron district overnight Tuesday, witnesses and the army said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said three people were detained in the city of Hebron and two from surrounding villages. She said they were taken for “security questioning.”

The detentions follow a mass arrest campaign in the southern West Bank city which began Saturday night.

Overnight Saturday, over 100 Israeli military jeeps raided the city detaining over 120 Palestinians, most of whom were Hamas members, Palestinian security sources said.

Hamas lawmaker Muhammad Mutliq Abu Juheisha was among those detained in the biggest detention campaign in Hebron since 2003.

Palestinian security sources said troops fanned out across the southern West Bank in an overnight operation which kicked off just hours after Hamas’s armed wing in Gaza fired rockets into southern Israel, breaking a truce brokered in April.

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