March 31, 2011 - 12:00am

The Israeli army arrested four Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron Thursday, including a Hamas lawmaker, a statement said.

The Israeli army broke into the house of the legislator, Mohammed Bader, and arrested him, said a statement by Hamas' Change and Reform parliamentary bloc.

In 2006, Israel rounded up all West-Bank based Hamas' lawmakers when the Islamic movement captured an Israeli soldier near the Gaza Strip. Mohammed Bader was released about six months ago.

Israel also arrested three civilians, all of them teenagers, in the city.

Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967 and started building settlements for Jews there. There are about 120 settlement in which half million Israelis live. The number of Palestinians in the West Bank is estimated at 2.5 million.


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