Four family members of the 85-year-old woman who was attacked by the Palestinian militant group Hamas have been arrested, her grandson told Al Arabiya on Sunday.Hassan Weshah, Um Jabr Weshah’s grandson, said some were arrested when Hamas members attacked his grandmother while others were taken into custody after.
“They were arrested for unknown reasons,” he told Al Arabiya. “Mainly because they were family members. [The arrest] was based on identity only.”
Videos circulating online earlier this week showed members of Hamas beating the woman. Hamas subsequently arrested two journalists, Mahmoud al-Loah and Tawfeeq Abu Jarad for publishing the video of the attack. They also arrested the family members for reportedly responding to the incident.
Al-Loah’s father Omar al-Louh told Al Arabiya that an unmarked vehicle showed up to their home and arrested his son.
Al-Louh was reportedly told that the vehicle in which his son was taken away belongs to the investigation unit.