IDF soldiers in Hebron.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Security forces arrested five members of Hamas in Hebron overnight
The IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) did not disclose
the reasons for the arrest. An army spokeswoman would only confirm that the
arrests took place.
According to Palestinian news agency Ma’an, the men
arrested were Muhammad Natsha, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council,
Abdul-Khaliq Hasan Natsha, Muhammad Tahsin Shawar, Amjad Hamouri and Jawad
Muhammad al- Jaabari.
Muhammad Natsha previously spent six months in
Israeli custody and was released two month ago without being charged or put on
One of the suspects is an attorney with links to
According to the IDF’s intelligence assessment, Hamas in Gaza is
intent on taking over the West Bank through a reconciliation with the Fatah-led
And in recent months, Hamas in Gaza has increased
efforts to set up terrorist cells in the West Bank, security forces
Earlier this month, the Shin Bet announced the arrest of a Hamas
cell in the West Bank which had been ordered to create and fire rockets at
Israel, kidnap and murder a soldier and carry out suicide bombings.
cell had been set up by Gaza’s interior minister, Fathi Hammad, the Shin Bet
In Gaza, Hamas is rearming itself with rockets in Gaza, but at a
slower pace than before, because of limitations it is facing.
their arrest, the terrorists sent a message to Gaza saying they were ready to
act within days. The arrest prevented impending terror attacks, the Shin Bet
The IDF is engaged in a continuous effort to keep Hamas in check in
the West Bank. Last month, it arrested 23 Hamas figures in predawn raids on
their homes in Nablus, Hebron, Ramallah and Kalkilya.
“It’s part of the
‘lawn mowing’ that is required to stop Hamas from converting street popularity
and its motivation into organizational achievements,” a defense source told The
Jerusalem Post at the time of the arrests.Jerusalem Post staff
contributed to this report.