Last updated: 16 January, 2014

Israel arrests Palestinian ex-minister in Hebron

Israel’s army arrested a former Palestinian minister and member of Islamist movement Hamas overnight in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, local residents said on Thursday.

Soldiers raided the home of Issa al-Jaabari, who served as local government minister in 2006, and took him into custody, the residents said.

The army confirmed the arrest but did not identify the detainee, describing him simply as a “terror activist”.

Jaabari has been arrested several times since 2006, with troops regularly detaining Hamas members living in the occupied West Bank.

The Islamist Hamas movement seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, ousting forces loyal to the Western-backed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.