Israel arrests top Hamas leader in pre-dawn raid


The Israel Defense Forces said it arrested a senior Hamas leader during a raid in the West Bank early Wednesday.

Sheikh Jamal Tawil is believed to be linked to a number of suicide bombings and has been arrested on several occasions by Israel.

“Tawil is a senior official of the Hamas terrorist group in the West Bank, which has recently taken an active part in organizing riots, inciting violence and reforming Hamas’s headquarters in Ramallah,” said the IDF in a statement, according to The Times of Israel.

Hamas responded to the arrest by saying it would not “silence” the group’s voice in the region.

“The sons of Hamas and its commanders are all resistance soldiers, and they will continue the path of freedom and liberation regardless of the sacrifices,” the statement said.

Palestinians stand among the rubble of a building that collapsed after being hit by airstrikes during an 11-day war between Hamas leaders in Gaza and Israel in Maghazi, Gaza Strip , Wednesday, June 2, 2021 (AP Photo / Felipe Dana)

Palestinians stand among the rubble of a building that collapsed after being hit by airstrikes during an 11-day war between Hamas leaders in Gaza and Israel in Maghazi, Gaza Strip , Wednesday, June 2, 2021 (AP Photo / Felipe Dana)

Israel has cracked down on Hamas since the Israel-Gaza conflict last month, arresting 10 militants on May 20 alone, according to the Times.

This week, Hamas called on the Palestinians to demonstrate on Friday a “Day of Rage” against Israeli treatment. This comes in the midst of a ceasefire between the two parties.

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Hundreds of people, mostly Palestinians, have died during the 11 days of conflict over the past month.

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