Israeli security forces have arrested a Palestinian parliamentarian member of Hamas, Israeli officials said Thursday, raising the number of detained Palestinian lawmakers to seven.

Mohammed Abu Tir was taken to custody on suspicion of being “involved in terrorist activities”, an army spokeswoman told AFP.

He was arrested in an overnight raid in Kafr Aqeb area near to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, she added.

Abu Tir is a Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from east al-Quds.

He was previously held by Israeli authorities for a year without charge, eventually being released in 2012.

Six other members of the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council are currently detained by Israeli authorities, according to the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer.

According to Addameer, three of them are Hamas members, one is from Fatah and two others from the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

 

AFP

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