Thursday, June 29, 2006

Laugh? I thought I'd cry!

In a night-time blitz, Israeli troops seized eight Hamas cabinet ministers and nearly two dozen legislators of the governing Islamist group in operations across the West Bank, Palestinian security officials said.

Israeli security sources said 64 Hamas officials were taken into custody. Israel Radio said they included Deputy Prime Minister Naser al-Shaer.

"They are not bargaining chips for the return of the soldier. It was simply an operation against a terrorist organisation," an army spokeswoman said. "They will be investigated, brought before a judge to extend their detention and charge sheets will be prepared."
Israel arrests Hamas leaders, UK -

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