A prominent Palestinian writer and political prisoner, Ahmad Quatamesh and 13 others have been arrested by Israeli soldiers following a raid carried out on homes in the West Bank region.
Moments after her husband’s arrest, Suha Barghouti, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, said “a large force” of Israeli soldiers arrived at their home in the West Bank city of al-Bireh at 4:30 am local time and detained her husband.
“Until now, we don’t know what is going on or where he is,” she told Al Jazeera by telephone on Sunday morning, explaining that Israeli soldiers also searched her brother-in-law’s nearby home.
In 2013, Qatamesh, a prominent 66-year-old writer, was deemed a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International while he was in an Israeli jail.
His arrest is coming a day after a Jordanian attacker was shot dead near Chain Gate which leads to Al Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem when he stabbed an Israeli officer in the neck.
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