Hamas official Aziz Dweik 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Fadi Arouri)
IDF soldiers arrested senior Hamas official, Aziz Dweik, speaker of the
Palestinian Authority parliament on suspicion of involvement with
terrorist groups on Thursday, the IDF and Hamas said.
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said Dweik was taken into custody at a checkpoint near Ramallah and it
accused Israel of trying to prevent rival Palestinian factions from
completing a unity deal. Dweik was arrested by Israel in 2006 and spent
two years in jail.
Hamas won a parliamentary election in 2006 and seized control of the
Gaza Strip from forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas during a brief civil war a year later, since when parliament has
Hamas and Abbas's Fatah faction agreed a reconciliation deal last year, but it has yet to be implemented.