Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Witnesses: Israeli forces detain Hamas lawmaker at checkpoint

Maan News Agency: Witnesses: Israeli forces detain Hamas lawmaker at checkpoint

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained Hamas lawmaker Sheikh Hassan Yousif on Wednesday at Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers held Yousif at the checkpoint for hours before detaining him.

Senior Hamas official Ahmad Bahar condemned the detention and said that the policy of targeting lawmakers will not break the will of the Palestinian people.

Sheikh Yousif was released a few days ago having spent six years in Israeli jails.