According to reports from the Palestinian military, the main phone network in the West Bank and Gaza has suffered a sustained attack by computer hackersâ€¦
As a result, most of the Palestinian territory has lost internet service.
In other news, Israeli troops rearrested Hassan Yusef, a senior Hamas official this week along with his son. Yusef was released from jail in August after serving a six-year term for “membership of a terrorist organization,” however he was rearrested in early September before being released a week later.
“The occupation raided Hassan Yusef’s house in Ramallah and arrested him with his son Owaisâ€¦”
Hamas condemns the move and warns that there will be “consequences.” “We strongly condemn this arrest campaign against leaders of the movement, particularly Sheikh Hassan Yusef,” Hamas official Ismail Abu Radwan told Associated Press.
Yusef was freed on August 4 as part of a mass release of Israeli and Palestinian prisoners due to overcrowding. He had just six weeks left in his sentence.
Last March, Yusef disowned yet another son after he had admitted to spying on Hamas for Israel and playing a major role in the arrest of senior militants.
Mosab Hassan Yusef â€“ 32 â€“was a top informer for Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency and was known by the codename “The Green Prince.” And he authored the bestselling book, Son of Hamas.
Reportedly, Yusef worked for the Shin Bet at the height of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which began in 2000, when Hamas carried out dozens of suicide bombings and Israel waged a war on the group.
The senior Yusef was elected to the Palestinian parliament in 2006, while still in Israeli custody.