Hamdan: The PA is not serious about ending the division

[ PIC 19/06/2013 – 09:03 AM ]

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BEIRUT, (PIC)– Director of Hamas’s foreign relations Osama Hamdan said the political arrest campaign which is carried out systematically by the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian authority security agencies against Hamas cadres and supporters in the West Bank reflects lack of seriousness about ending the Palestinian division.

Hamadan made his remarks in a press statement to the Jordanian newspaper Assabil, commenting on a recent report released by the committee representing families of political detainees in the West Bank.

Hamdan stated that the political arrests are considered a coup against the Palestinian and Arab efforts to heal the rift in the Palestinian arena.

He affirmed that Hamas, however, would keep its efforts and meetings with the Fatah faction to end the Palestinian division.

The committee representing families of political detainees had said that the Palestinian authority had carried out about 15,000 politically-motivated arrests and summonses since 2007 against citizens, mostly affiliated with Hamas, in the West Bank.

The committee also demanded the national freedoms committee to address the persistent violations committed by the PA in the West Bank and work on having all political prisoners released from the PA jails.

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