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Hamas lawmakers arrested at Red Cross in Jerusalem

Israel arrests Hamas members of parliament Khaled Abu Arfa and Mohammed Totah in Jerusalem

AP , Monday 23 Jan 2012

Israeli police say they have arrested two Hamas lawmakers who had been hiding inside a Red Cross compound in Jerusalem.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the men were wanted for "Hamas activities." He would not elaborate.

Khaled Abu Arfa and Mohammed Totah sought refuge in the compound more than a year ago to escape Israeli arrest. Police nabbed them when they ventured outside Monday.

Red Cross officials confirmed the men had been holed up inside.

Israel, along with the US and European Union, lists Hamas as a terror group. Israel frequently arrests Hamas lawmakers. Last week Israel arrested the Hamas speaker of the Palestinian parliament.

The Palestinian parliament has not functioned since 2007 due to the arrests and infighting between Hamas and the Fatah party.

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