Report: PA arrests 200 Hamas men in January, 3,000 in 2010

[ 23/02/2011 – 05:51 PM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– A new report reveals Palestinian Authority security agencies had arrested 200 West Bank Hamas supporters in January 2011, and cited some 3,000 total arrests for 2010.

The report, released by Gaza’s Ministry of Planning on Tuesday, says the Fatah-controlled PA continues to hold hundreds of supporters of Hamas, the resistance movement and other opposition.

Out of those 3,000 politically motivated arrests, 1404 targeted individuals previously detained in Israeli occupation jails, the report details, also referring  to 49 imams in mosques, 23 university professors, 36 journalists, 32 local councilmen, 417 university students and nine teachers.

It documents that the PA arrested seven women and summoned 19 others over their political backgrounds.

In a related development, sources told our correspondents PA preventative security has been brutally torturing three men for over a month.

They have for a long period been painfully bound from the rear and beaten and subjected to other torture methods, the sources said, adding that their bodies have shown clear signs of torture.

Also Tuesday, PA security agencies raided several homes in the Balatat al-Balad region east of Nablus arresting a number of men from Hamas.

Preventative security vehicles raided the area after night prayers arresting many, most of whom remain unidentified.

Report: PA arrests 200 Hamas men in January, 3,000 in 2010.

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