Saturday, July 25, 2009

Israelis arrest Palestinian activist

By Mohammed Mar'i
RAMALLAH: Israeli troops arrested Palestinian activist Nasr Mahmoud Rashad Abu Kishk from his home in the West Bank town of Nablus overnight, a Palestinian security source and the Israeli army said on Friday.

Abu Kishek, 33, is chief of a local unit of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, an armed group affiliated to the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The source said Abu Kishk was one of a group of activists whom the Israeli security forces had agreed not to pursue after they renounced armed operations against the Jewish state.

But an Israeli military spokesman, who confirmed Thursday night’s arrest, said the activist had been wanted since 2001 for attacks on Jewish occupiers in Yitzhar and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank. Abu Kishk was also wanted for “trafficking of arms and the assassination of a Palestinian suspected of having collaborated with Israel,” the spokesman said.

In other military activity in the West Bank overnight Thursday, troops arrested a “wanted” Palestinian in the village of Biddo, southwest of Ramallah.
Source : Arab News

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