BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Former Palestinian prime minister Ahmad Qurei was released after Israeli police detained him and his guards for three hours near Ma'ale Adummim east of Jerusalem on Saturday, a source privy to details told Ma'an.
Qurei, who served as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2003 to 2006, was detained around 1:30 p.m. in the central West Bank after Israeli police claimed that his driver had exceeded the speed limit and was driving at 140 km/h, the source said.
Qurei refused to give the Israeli police the driver's identity card as requested, and he was subsequently detained.
He remained in detention until 4:30 p.m., when the group was released after the Palestinian military liaison office got involved.
The director of Qurei's office told Ma'an earlier that Israeli police had attempted to arrest one of his guards without giving a reason.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said the situation is being handled entirely by the Israeli police, without providing further details.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he could not confirm the incident.
The issue will be further discussed on Sunday between Palestinians and Israelis, the source added.