RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel arrested 23 Hamas members in the occupied West Bank on Monday, some of them lawmakers, the Islamic group and the Israeli military said.
Hamas said in a statement that the three Hamas lawmakers Ahmed Attoun, Hatem Qafisha and Mohammed al-Talhad had been detained in the early hours of the morning, as well as several local Hamas leaders.
"It is a criminal act that will not succeed in stopping their struggle," the statement said, "We in the Hamas movement strongly condemn the campaign of arbitrary arrests that took in dozens of Hamas leaders."
An Israeli military spokeswoman would not confirm whether Hamas lawmakers had been arrested and did not provide any of the men's names or say why they had been detained.
"Twenty-five Palestinians were arrested, 23 of them belonged to Hamas," she said.
Hamas, which Israel, the United States and the European Union consider a terrorist organization, won the last Palestinian parliamentary election, in 2006.
In 2007, after a unity government collapsed, it seized control of the Gaza Strip from Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement.
Egyptian efforts to broker a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah, which holds sway in the West Bank, have so far been unsuccessful.
(Reporting by Ali Sawafta; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
This blistering letter from Trey Gowdy to this Dem Rep is a KNOCK OUT
Here's Trey Gowdy's Scathing Letter to Democrat Elijah Cummings
Here we go: Obama “seriously considering” using executive action to expand background checks for private gun sales
- Vladimir Putin’s Russia Adopts Concealed Carry
The Media's Latest Phony Attack on Ben Carson | Human Events
Moderates Are the Problem in the House GOP | RedState
"OBAMA GO HOME." President Blasted By Pro-Gun Protesters During Roseburg Visit - Bearing Arms - Barack Obama, Umpqua Community College