November 10, 2010 - 1:00am

RAMALLAH, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli army arrested a Hamas official in the West Bank on Wednesday, Palestinian sources said.

The soldiers detained Mahmoud al-Rumhi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), in his house near Ramallah city, sources from his family told Xinhua.

In March 2009, Israel released al-Rumhi after 32 months of detention.

Al-Rumhi's first arrest was part of a detention wave that included most of Hamas' lawmakers in the West Bank. The detentions started in June 2006 when Hamas, which won the elections in January that year, captured an Israeli soldier near the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said the latest arrest was "a new Israeli crime," adding such measures will not force Hamas to make concessions. Hamas wants Israel to free some 1,000 Arab and Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who is held in the Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Meanwhile, Israeli army also arrested 11 other residents in different areas in the West Bank, which is ruled by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

The PNA has always criticized the Israeli raids, saying they undermine the efforts to impose order in the occupied territory.

Also this morning, a Palestinian worker was injured in the Gaza Strip, when Israeli troops fired at a group of people collecting gravel. The 28-year-old worker was moderately injured, said Adham Abu Selmiya of the medical services.


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