IDF arrests Palestinian deputy prime minister

August 19, 2006 05:49

Israeli soldiers detained the Palestinian deputy prime minister early Saturday, the man's wife said, the latest step in an ongoing crackdown against Hamas. Troops burst into the home of Nasser Shaer around 4:30 a.m. and took him away, said the deputy prime minister's wife, Huda. She said her husband had been in hiding since Israel began its crackdown in late June after Hamas gunmen in the Gaza Strip infiltrated southern Israel and captured an Israeli soldier. She said he had rarely been home during that period.

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