Palestinian sources in the West Bank City of Bethlehem reported on
Monday afternoon that Israeli soldiers abducted a political leader of
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Mahmoud Fannoun, member of the political bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and member of the Palestinian National Council, was taken prisoner earlier on Monday in Bethlehem.

Israeli military sources claimed that Fannoun is “suspected of involvement in military activities” carried by members of the PFLP against Israeli targets.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) slammed the arrest, and demanded in a press release the immediate release of Fannoun. 

The Front stated that “the arrest of Fannoun, the and the deliberate attempts to humiliate his family” is a further Israeli military escalation and a continuation of assaults against political leaders in Palestine.

The Front demanded Israel to stop its daily assaults and attacks against the Palestinian people, and to stop the political arrests.