Hamas Accuses Maan Agency Of Publishing Falsified Reports

Wednesday March 16, 2011 01:22 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Hamas spokesperson in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, slammed the Maan News Agency for what he called “publishing false reports that proved it is biased towards the Fateh movement”. Maan responded to the allegations, reiterating attacks were carried out by Hamas security forces against Gaza protesters.

Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri
Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri

Abu Zuhri added that the actions of Maan reflect its nature as “a tool in the hands of Fateh movement by publishing false reports that contradict reports published local and international media agencies”.

“Hamas is hereby accusing Maan of publishing lies”, Abu Zuhri stated, “We call on all media agencies to ensure accuracy, and be careful when dealing with news published by Maan”.

Responding to the statements of Abu Zuhri and the Government Media Office in the Gaza Strip, Maan said that it is really concerned about this response, adding that “a picture is better than a thousand words”, referring to pictures published by the Al Jazeera news showing the security forces attacking nonviolent protesters with batons while chasing them away.

Maan said that the security forces in Gaza torched protest tents, while civilian-clothed security personnel attacked the protestors and forced them out of the Unknown Soldier Square in Gaza, where the main protest was held.

The Interior Minister in Gaza also said that the gathering at the square is illegal as it was not approved by the Interior Ministry, and called on the security forces to remove the protesters, Maan reported.

Al Jazeera reporter, Tamer Al Mishal, stated on Tuesday evening that the security forces attacked and chased the protesters.

Parallel to the popular, nonviolent protests, in Gaza, similar processions were held in the West Bank, while a number of agencies reported that the security forces, dominated by Fateh movement in the West Bank, attacked the protesters while several Fateh members and security personnel attacked the protesters and tried to chant slogans praising Fateh and slamming Hamas.


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