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Palestinian speaker arrested as Israel hunts three missing teens

Published on Jun 16, 2014 2:41 PM
 
A file picture taken on Jan 19, 2012, shows then Hamas speaker of the Palestinian parliament Aziz Dweik talking to reporters after he was released from Israeli prison, at the Beit Sira roadblock in the West Bank. Israeli troops arrested Palestinian parliament speaker and Hamas member Aziz Dweik overnight during a wave of arrests linked to a massive manhunt for three kidnapped teenagers, the military said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli troops arrested Palestinian parliament speaker and Hamas member Aziz Dweik overnight during a wave of arrests linked to a massive manhunt for three kidnapped teenagers, the military said on Monday.

In a statement, the army said it had arrested more than 40 suspects in the West Bank, "including Hamas leadership and operatives", with a military spokesman confirming to AFP that the speaker was among them.

The army says more than 150 Palestinians have been arrested in the search for the three youngsters who were snatched from the Gush Etzion settlement bloc in the southern West Bank on Thursday night, with Israel pointing the finger at Hamas.

So far, there has been no formal claim of responsibility.

 
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