Israel has arrested a top Hamas official in the Shomron region
The military says it arrested Hassan Yousef on Tuesday near Ramallah. It marks the most high-profile arrest since a wave of unrest swept through the region a month ago.
The military said Yousef had been “actively instigating and inciting terrorism” by encouraging attacks against Israelis.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says, “Hamas’ leaders cannot expect to propagate violence and terror from the comfort of their living rooms and pulpits of their mosques.”
Yousef is a co-founder of Hamas whose son, Mosab, later spied for Israel between 1997 and 2007.