IDF arrests Palestinian lawmaker, former official
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IDF arrests Palestinian lawmaker, former official

Parliamentarian Hatem Qafisha and former minister Issa Al-Jabari among six men taken in for questioning overnight Saturday

Israeli soldiers search a Palestinian home in the West Bank town of Hebron, November 7, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader, File)
Israeli soldiers search a Palestinian home in the West Bank town of Hebron, November 7, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader, File)

IDF soldiers overnight Saturday arrested two prominent Palestinians along with four others suspected of terror activities in the West Bank.

Hatem Qafisha, a Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and Issa Al-Jabari, former Palestinian minister of local government, were arrested in Hebron.

They have both been detained many times in the past by security forces. The two men were transferred to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.

Four other Palestinians were arrested by the Israel Defense Forces in raids across the West Bank on suspicion of involvement in so-called “popular terrorism.” Two were suspected members of the Hamas terror group, and two others were detained on suspicion of rock-throwing attacks.

On Saturday night, a Palestinian man was killed while attempting to attack Israeli Border Police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, when the bomb he was carrying apparently exploded prematurely.

Earlier Saturday, a Border Police officer shot dead a Palestinian teenager who tried to stab him as he guarded the entrance to a West Bank settlement.

Roqaya Abu Eid, 13, approached the entrance to Anatot, near Jerusalem, brandishing a knife, and attempted to stab the policeman as he went to speak to her.

There were no Israeli injuries in either incident.

At least 29 Israelis and some 150 Palestinians, most of them attackers, have been killed in the latest spate of terrorism and violence in recent months, which has included Palestinian stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks in Israel and the West Bank.

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