IDF arrest Hamas lawmaker near Jerusalem

The IDF and the Shin Bet arrested overnight Tuesday a Hamas legislator, Ahmed Atun, who resides in the city of Al-Bireh, north of Jerusalem. Two other wanted terrorists in Judea and Samaria were also arrested in the process.

Atun is one of four Hamas members of parliament who were stripped of their residency in east Jerusalem and expelled in the last decade, the others being Muhammad Abu Tir, Khaled Abu Arafeh, and Muhammad Totah.

Atun was provided sanctuary in the Red Cross headquarters located in Jerusalem for a year until he was captured in 2011 at the entrance by the police.

His brother was sentenced to a life sentence for the murder of three Israelis and was released under the provisions of the Shalit deal in which more than 1,000 Arab terrorists were surrendered in exchange for the handing over of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011, who had been in Hamas captivity for 1941 days.

Two days ago, the IDF also arrested Ma’an Fukha, the brother of the Hamas terrorist Mazan Fukha, who was recently assassinated in Gaza.

Ma’an, who lives in the Arab city of Tubas, east of Shechem, was arrested while on his way to work. In addition, another brother was arrested for his membership in a Hamas terror cell.

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With the identity of Mazan Fukha’s killers still eluding the Hamas rulers in Gaza, forces remain in an almost helpless state of confusion, fumbling their way through the investigation, desperately overturning any rock that could shed light on the matter, and frantically attempting to save face by executing so-called Israel collaborators.

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On Monday, Hamas officials arrested a man who allegedly claimed to have carried out the hit. His identify has yet to be publicized.

 

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