On his 6th death aniv, Hamas breaks up Arafat memorial in Gaza

Last Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 19:20

Gaza City: A Palestinian lawmaker says
Hamas police have broken up a private screening of a film
about Yasser Arafat on the sixth anniversary of the iconic
leader`s death.

Ashraf Jumma says police threatened to seize a screen
and a VCR on Thursday and arrested some of the more than two
dozen attendees. Police also detained journalists, watched
footage from the event and made them promise not to air it.
Hamas officials could not be reached for comment.
Hamas has banned public commemoration of Arafat`s
death since it seized control of Gaza in 2007 from forces
loyal to Arafat`s successor, Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas.

In the West Bank, Abbas addressed thousands of
flag-waving supporters near Arafat`s grave, calling for
national unity.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 19:20

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