|Israel arrests 23 Hamas men including three lawmakers in West Bank||
Israel arrested 23 Hamas members in the occupied West Bank on Monday, some of them lawmakers, the Islamic group and the Israeli military said.
Hamas said in a statement that the three Hamas lawmakers Ahmed Attoun, Hatem Qafisha and Mohammed al-Talhad had been detained in the early hours of the morning, as well as several local Hamas leaders, Reuters reported on Monday.
“It is a criminal act that will not succeed in stopping their struggle,” the statement said, “We in the Hamas movement strongly condemn the campaign of arbitrary arrests that took in dozens of Hamas leaders.”
An Israeli military spokeswoman would not confirm whether Hamas lawmakers had been arrested and did not provide any of the men's names or say why they had been detained.
“Twenty-five Palestinians were arrested, 23 of them belonged to Hamas,” she said.
Palestinian human rights groups have condemned the abductions, saying the move is aimed at destabilizing the ongoing reconciliation efforts among Palestinian factions.
Many of the inmates are under so-called administrative detention.
The administrative detention, often implemented by the Israeli regime against the Palestinian population, is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing regime forces to make arrests without formal charges for up to six months. However, the detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.
Palestinian prisoners have been subject to human rights violations such as the use of torture during interrogations by Israeli prison authorities.
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