Palestinian PM urges release of deputy PM detained by Israeli military Brett Murphy at 10:14 AM ET
[JURIST] Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya [BBC profile] on Sunday called for the release of Deputy Prime Minister and Hamas party member Nasser Shaer, who was arrested [AP report] Saturday morning after Israeli soldiers forced entry into an apartment where Shaer and his family have been hiding for several weeks. Israeli forces took Shaer for questioning as part of its latest crackdown against Hamas [CFR backgrounder] which began after a June 25 cross-border raid when Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip abducted an Israeli soldier. It remains unknown how Israeli forces tracked down Shaer, who has been using alternate routes to visit his office and has made no public appearances since the June 25 raid. Israeli officials said Shaer was arrested because he belongs to a terrorist organization.
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