Israel arrests West Bank Hamas leader in raid

Israeli army says Hassan Yusef, one of top Hamas leaders in West Bank, is arrested during operation near Ramallah

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Hassan Yusef, one of the leaders of Hamas in the West Bank, has been arrested several times by Israel forces.

Hassan Yusef, one of the leaders of Hamas in the West Bank was arrested by Israel security forces in an operation close to Ramallah on Monday night.

"During the night, forces of the army and the Shin Bet (Israel's internal security service) arrested Hassan Yusef, a Hamas leader, in Beitunia, southwest of Ramallah," an army statement said.

He has been arrested many times by Israeli Army in recent years. 

According to latest data by monitoring groups, in one week, Israeli forces arrested at least 100 protesters including eight activists in Palestinian parts.

Right groups condemned the ongoing Israeli operations against Palestinians in Israel.

Nadim Nashif, director of Baladna, a Haifa-based Palestinian youth advocacy group, told Al Jazeera that Israel has started "a harsh crackdown" and added "Like during the Second Intifada, Israel wants us to be scared, shut up and not participate. But our participation has been big."

He also expressed that nearly 1.7 Palestinians have had Israeli citizenship and reside Israeli areas in the country. So "The uprising is everywhere."

A Palestinian protester sits on a bucket that he used to cover a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops

The Palestinian demonstrators especially have gathered in Nazareth, Haifa, Acre, Sakhnin, Tamra and Arrabeh, in Israel since the beginning of October.

Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians re-erupted recently, following protests by Palestinians in response to Israeli attacks on the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City and also due to the attempts to change the status quo at the holy site.

Israeli authorities have responded with a harsh crackdown on protesters using tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition.

Israeli attacks could spark a global conflict

Israeli attacks on east Jersualem’s Al Aqsa Mosque could trigger a global conflict, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said Monday.

“Aggressive attacks against Al Aqsa are creating a time bomb not only in Palestine but worldwide because it’s a holy site,” he announced during a news conference with South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party.

Meshaal said, “We call on all our brothers in different Palestinian movements to come together. Let’s unite and discuss a strategy to fight our common enemy,” and added “We call on all our friends in the world to prosecute Israel for war crimes.”

Since in the beginning of October, at least 44 Palestinians - including alleged attackers, unarmed protesters and bystanders - have been killed by either Israeli authorities or settlers. Eight Israelis have also been killed in attacks this month during the clashes.

TRTWorld and agencies