Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Israel claims 24 'Hamas operatives' among 36 detained in West Bank raids


Israeli forces detained 36 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday, including 24 alleged "Hamas operatives" in the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

The Israeli army said in a statement that a joint military, police and intelligence operation had "uncovered" a "vast Hamas network" in Qalqiliya.

"Overnight, 24 operatives were arrested, including senior Hamas operatives who have been previously arrested for participated and planning Hamas terror activity," the statement said.

It said that "the heads of the network" had been "operating to renew Hamas activity in the area and plotting terror activity."

It said the "network was directed, guided and funded by members of Hamas headquarters in Qatar and the Gaza Strip," adding that 35,000 shekels ($9,000) of "terror funds" had been seized by Israeli forces. more

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