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Fatah says Hamas arrested Gaza members

AFP | Last Updated: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 01:22

Gaza City: Hamas police in the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip have rounded up dozens of members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas`s secular Fatah movement, Fatah said on Saturday.

Spokesman Hassan Ahmad told AFP the arrests on Friday took place at a ceremony in Khan Yunis in the south of the coastal enclave.

"Hamas police intervened during a ceremony to honour martyrs" killed by Israel, Ahmad said.

"They arrested dozens of people for no reason."

Islam Shahwan, a spokesman for the Hamas interior ministry, said police acted because the meeting organisers had not sought permission.

"Around 20 people were detained and later released after signing a document not to take part in unauthorised meetings," Shahwan said.

Fatah and Hamas, which rule in the West Bank and Gaza respectfully, signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo in 2011 aimed at ending their political differences.

However, most clauses in the accord remain unimplemented.

First Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 01:22

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