Army arrests Hamas members

Thursday, June 29, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In an unprecedented operation, the Israeli army arrested overnight Wednesday about 100 Hamas members. Although those arrested include ministers and legislators, the majority of those arrested were not.

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published an announcement that those arrested are suspected of criminal offenses connected with the activity of a terrorist organization and participation in the directing of terrorism and other offenses, which constitute a violation according to the Ordinance for the Prevention of Terrorism.

Hamas' taking of responsibility for these events and for the kidnapping of the soldier, as well as the demand for an exchange of prisoners, prove that the main purpose of Hamas is not to care for the welfare of the Palestinian people, but to carry out a terrorist policy against Israel, the announcement said.

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