Hamas Arrests Fatah Spokesman

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas police arrested Muhammad Abu Armaneh Sunday, spokesman for the Fatah-affiliated al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades.

Known in the street as Abu Qusai, Hamas security forces took him into custody in front of his shop in Rafah near the border with the Egyptian Sinai.

Last week, in breach of the temporary cease-fire with Israel, al-Aksa took responsibility for firing several Kassam rocket at southern Israeli communities. Aramaneh's arrest is seen as retribution for breaching the cease-fire agreement.

One of al-Aksa's most senior commanders in the Gaza Strip, Armaneh has been on Israel's most wanted list for years.

At the beginning of the second intifada (armed Palestinian uprising, 2000 - 2004), he often announced al-Aksa's responsibility for suicide bombings on the Israeli populace.

Over the weekend, Hamas announced that it would arrest Palestinians who continued to breach the temporary truce with Israel.

Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades' Jenin commander, Zakariya Zubeidi, warned that if Hamas doesn't release Aramaneh within 12 hours, his group would act.

"It's become impossible to remain silent in the face of Hamas's crimes against our people," Zubeidi said. "If they don't release him within 12 hours, we will hold all Hamas leaders in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] responsible," he said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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