RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 16 Palestinians in the West bank at dawn Monday including 55-year-old Hamas leader Mufid Nazzal from Qabatiya village to the east of Jenin.
Hebrew paper Yediot Ahronot said on its website that the detainees were wanted for interrogation.
Local sources in Qabatiya said that the soldiers arrested Nazal and Fadi Khuzamiya, 20, who is also a Hamas supporter, and served summonses to two other citizens in the village for questioning at the intelligence premises in Salem army camp.
Nazzal was previously arrested in Israeli occupation jails on six occasions and served ten years in occupation jails on aggregate.
Nazzal is the brother of two martyrs and his eldest son was held in Israeli detention for three and a half years.
IOF troops raided a number of Al-Khalil villages at dawn Monday and installed a number of roadblocks.
Eyewitnesses in Ramallah told the PIC that IOF soldiers stormed the northern areas of Birzeit, north of Ramallah, in 20 armored vehicles and broke into hostels for the Islamic bloc and arrested three students after a big number of them fled the hostels on seeing the vehicles approaching.