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Israel arrests female Hamas MP in West Bank raid

Samira Halayka joins two other parliamentarians from terrorist group nabbed earlier this week

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative: IDF troops make a late-night arrest in the West Bank on January 11, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Illustrative: IDF troops make a late-night arrest in the West Bank on January 11, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

Israeli soldiers arrested a Hamas parliamentarian from a village outside Hebron early Thursday morning, the Shin Bet security service said.

Samira Halayka was picked up by the Israel Defense Forces from her home in al-Shuyukh, northeast of Hebron, as part of a series of overnight raids across the West Bank,

Four other alleged Hamas members were also arrested early Thursday morning, three of them in Tulkarem and one in Rafat, the IDF said.

Halayka is the latest high-ranking Hamas official to be picked up by the army in recent days. On Monday, two other Hamas members of the Palestinian parliament — Anwar Zabun and Khaled Tafesh — were arrested, along with Ghassan Hermas, a professor at al-Quds University in nearby Abu Dis.

The Shin Bet confirmed that Halayka had been arrested, but would not say what she was suspected of doing.

“At the end of her interrogation, we will be able to elaborate,” the security agency said.

Two illegal guns seized by police during an arrest raid in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem on March 9, 2017. (Israel Police)
Two illegal guns seized by police during an arrest raid in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem on March 9, 2017. (Israel Police)

The Border Police said it had also arrested a 30-year-old Palestinian suspect after finding two illegally owned rifles and ammunition in Tulkarem.

Another Palestinian man was also arrested by border guards in Hebron, after they found an M-16 assault rifle in his possession, police said.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, IDF troops arrested three Palestinians suspected of throwing rocks at vehicles on West Bank roads and taking part in violent protests against Israeli troops.

Two were arrested in Qalandiya and the third was picked up in Qatana, the army said.

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