Italian peace activist killed in Gaza

PressTV | Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:3AM

Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says a kidnapped Italian peace activist has been found dead in a home in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Vittorio Arrigoni, who was strangled to death, was abducted by a Salafi group, which is said to be an offshoot of al-Qaeda, Ma’an news agency reported on Friday.

Hamas said it has arrested two suspects in connection with the murder, adding that those who killed the Italian — deliberately or without purpose — served Israel’s interests.

The slain peace campaigner worked with a pro-Palestinian group called the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

Huwaida Arraf, a co-founder of the ISM, confirmed that Arrigoni’s body was identified by staff in Gaza City.

“It’s unbelievable,” she said. “He was more Palestinian than the criminals that killed him.”

The Hamas government in Gaza has recently begun a clampdown on Saudi-backed Salafists in the besieged coastal strip.

The government also condemned “the heinous crime that does not reflect our values, our religion or our customs and traditions,” a statement said, vowing to hunt down those responsible.

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