(JNS.org) Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian lawmaker and a spokesman for the Hamas terror group early Wednesday morning, within and near the city of Ramallah.
The IDF apprehended Ahmed Attoun, who is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a Hamas politician, during a raid at his home in al-Bireh. Fayez Abu Wardeh, a Hamas spokesperson, was also arrested by security forces at his home in Ramallah Wednesday.
Attoun, prior to his arrest this week, had been apprehended by Israeli authorities in other instances related to his political role with the Gaza-based Palestinian terror group Hamas. Thirteen other Palestinian politicians were recently arrested and are in Israeli custody.
The IDF said three suspects were arrested in connection with security-related offenses in Qalandiya, al-Bireh and Hebron. The statement, however, did not clarify if Attoun and Abu Wardeh were among the three suspects.
This week's arrests follow the recent arrest of a Hamas recruiter operating in Judea and Samaria, as well as joint operations between Israel’s Shin Bet security agency and the IDF to shutter several illegal Palestinian weapons factories near Hebron.
Additionally, the Shin Bet disclosed in late March that an Israeli citizen living in Judea and Samaria was apprehended on suspicion of transferring funds to the Islamic State terror group.