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Undercover Israeli forces detain jailed Hamas leader's son
Published Tuesday 21/01/2014 17:55
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JENIN (Ma'an) -- Undercover Israeli intelligence officers detained Imad Abu al-Hayja, son of jailed Hamas leader Sheikh Jamal Abu al-Hayja, in the northern West Bank on Tuesday.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that Israeli agents in plain clothes broke into a gas station on Haifa Street near Jenin refugee camp and detained 25-year-old Abu al-Hayja.

Locals in Jenin city, meanwhile, said that an undercover Israeli force stopped a minibus with Palestinian registration plates and broke into a supermarket in Haifa Street.

The local sources added that the force detained Abu al-Hayja and left within a few minutes after confiscating computers and videotapes.

Imad's father, Sheikh Jamal Abu al-Hayja, is currently in Israeli prison serving multiple lifetime sentences, and is one of the fighters who led Palestinian resistance during the Battle of Jenin in 2002, when Israeli forces invaded the refugee camp as part of Operation Defensive Shield.

His brother Abdul-Salam served more than 11 years in jail and his brother Hamzah is currently wanted by Israeli intelligence.

Over 5,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails, according to prisoner rights group Addameer. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.
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