Last updated: 16 February, 2012

Israeli troops re-arrest Palestinian woman prisoner

Israeli troops on Thursday re-arrested a Palestinian woman who was one of hundreds of prisoners released in October under a swap deal with Israel, the military said.

Haneh Shalabi was arrested in Burqin village near the northern West Bank town of Jenin, on suspicion that she “posed a threat to the area” an army spoksman told AFP.

She was “a global jihad-affiliated operative ” he said, adding that she “violently attacked the soldiers who arrested her.”

He did not elaborate on Shalabi’s alleged affiliations.

On Tuesday, troops in the southern city of Hebron re-arrested another Palestinian, a member of the Islamist Hamas movement, who was also released under the swap agreement.

Under terms of the October swap deal, Israel freed more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in a two-stage release in exchange for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was snatched by Gaza-based militants in June 2006.