Families of West Bank political prisoners stage Al-Khalil sit-in

[ 09/06/2011 – 11:49 AM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The committee of political prisoner families in the West Bank has called on the local and worldwide media to cover a sit-in the group has scheduled for noon Thursday at the Ibn Rushd Square in Al-Khalil.

The committee said in a press statement on Monday that the protests would continue until the Hamas-Fatah unity deal, which provides for the release of all political prisoners, is implemented.

The committee has also called on the media not to announce events operated under the committee’s name without official permission, denying organizing similar sit-ins in Nablus and Ramallah.

The committee called on Palestinians to join the peaceful protests.

The West Bank has seen a marked increase in political arrests targeting members of Hamas, which has recently signed a reconciliation deal with Fatah.

On Thursday, Palestinian Authority security forces nabbed a Hamas man in Salfit and two others in Nablus.

Two of the men had spent time in Israeli jails.

The same day, the security services tried two other men in Nablus before a military tribunal there. The men were earlier apprehended by security services immediately after they were released from Israeli custody.

Days beforehand, the PA security services in the West Bank arrested six men claiming they belonged to the Hamas group and summoned five others, according to the reports of locals.

Most of the men were previously detained in Israeli prisons. Some were released and ordered to go back for questioning.

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