Senior Hamas leader Hassan Youssef taken prisoner in dawn raid



Hassan Youssef, a senior Hamas leader and high-profile anti-occupation activist, was taken captive by Israeli forces at dawn today (Tuesday) Hassan Youssef after they broke into his family home in the central West Bank province of Ramallah.

Mr Youssef’s son, Ouways, said at least five Israeli army patrols had surrounded and cut off their family home shortly before they seized his father.


Mr Youssef, 61, has been arrested at least 15 times and served long stretches in Israeli occupation jails. He was last released in June after spending nearly a year in prison.

Israel’s abduction of Mr Youssef comes as part of Israeli attempts to crack down on Palestinian activists and force them to give up the current uprising.


Yousef is a co-founder of Hamas. His son, Mosab, was a spy for Israel between 1997 and 2007.
Another 34 Palestinians in the West Bank were seized overnight. Of those, 15 came from the area around the city of Nablus.

Sources based in the town of Beitouna, Ramallah, also said the IOF troops had ransacked the home of prisoner Younes Saleh Abu Zweid, who is accused of been involved in a politically motivated stabbing attack in Jerusalem on 9th October.

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