Palestinian women protest political arrests


Maan News Agency | July 6, 2012

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian women in Hebron rallied Friday against the arrests of Hamas supporters, demanding that the Palestinian Authority release their sons.

The demonstration, organized by parents of political detainees and the association of Muslim youth, started at Al-Hussein Bin Ali Mosque after Friday prayers and headed toward a sit-in tent in central Hebron.

Ten of the Hamas detainees have announced an open hunger strike in protest of their continued arrests at the Hebron detention center.

Lawmaker Muhammad At-Tal demanded that the government close the file of political detentions and called on Hamas to suspend a reconciliation deal until the practice is ended.

At-Tal told Ma’an that in order to achieve a genuine unity deal, the Palestinian Authority should stop arresting people based on their affiliations and instead confront Israel.

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