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Israel 'frees alleged Hamas official' seized in the West Bank

Majdi Abu al-Hija has returned to the nearby city of Jenin and was taken in by relatives

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An alleged Hamas official arrested by Israeli forces in a West Bank refugee camp this week has been released without explanation on Thursday, Palestinian security officials said.

Majdi Abu al-Hija, whose home in the Jenin camp was destroyed during fierce clashes that accompanied his Tuesday arrest, returned to the nearby city of Jenin and was taken in by relatives, the officials said.

The Israeli army did not comment on the report of his release.

"We have no new information," a spokeswoman told AFP.

The Jenin camp has been home to many Islamic Jihad and Hamas members and the scene of frequent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops, with the army carrying out regular raids to arrest suspected militants.