Israeli forces arrest Palestinian commander in West Bank

Israel Materials 23 February 2008 13:35 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - The Israeli army arrested a Palestinian militant commander in the West Bank city of Nablus early Saturday, Palestinian security sources said.

The sources said several army jeeps had stormed al-Ein refugee camp in the west of Nablus and detained Majdi Mabrouk, a senior militant from the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Mabrouk has been wanted by Israel for a long time, according to the sources.

Three people, including Mabrouk's sister, were wounded in a scuffle with the Israeli soldiers in a bid to prevent their detention.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces also arrested two civilians in the holy city of Bethlehem, according to the sources.

Israel launches daily detention raids across West Bank towns and villages, saying the arrests targeted Palestinian militants involved in planning attacks at Israel.

The Palestinian authorities say the detentions in many cases involve civilians and teenagers.