Zakaria Zubeidi reportedly arrested by PA forces (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 05.06.12, 01:00)
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Palestinian sources say former al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades commander
among detainees in major PA operation in Jenin
Palestinian security forces made numerous arrests in the Jenin area
on Saturday night in what officials described as the largest
operation mounted by PA forces. Palestinian sources said that 60
people had been arrested and that some of the arrests of top
officials required the personal approval of President Mahmoud Abbas.
Among the detainees is former al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades commander
Zakaria Zubeidi. According to reports, Zubeidi and other Fatah
members were placed in custody in the Jericho Prison and removed from
Jenin over fears of riots in the operation´s aftermath.
On Wednesday, Jenin Governor Kadura Musa died of a heart attack
shortly after gunmen fired at his house. The Jenin police chief said
that Palestinian forces had also arrested suspects in the incident
and had seized weapons.
He said that it was still unclear who fired at Musa´s house.
Palestinian sources estimated that Zubeidi´s arrest is somehow linked
to the firing incident but that there is no proof as of yet.
Palestinian forces arrested Zubeidi last December claiming that
Israel had told them it had revoked the Fatah commander´s pardon.
Zubeidi was told that the arrest was meant for his own protection.
Israeli authorities refused to comment on the report. However, rumors
surfaced suggesting that the pardon´s revocation was an excuse to
arrest Zubeidi who had been wanted by the Palestinians for using his
private weapon against national security forces. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 05/06/12)
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