Abbas security forces continue crackdown on Hamas in West Bank 2008-07-29 17:24:41   Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Relations

    RAMALLAH, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The security forces of President Mahmoud Abbas continued the crackdown on Hamas movement all-over the West Bank areas, Hamas movement said in a statement Tuesday.

    Hamas said that the security forces of Abbas arrested 32 Hamas members and supporters in the cities of Nablus, Qalqilia, Tubas, Ramallah, Jenin and Salfit after storming their homes.

    Since Friday, Abbas security forces arrested over 100 Palestinians, affiliated with Hamas movement, including the deputy mayor of Nablus, academics, notables and intellectuals.

    Abbas security forces crackdown in the West Bank was a response to Hamas security forces crackdown on Fatah movement members and institutions in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

    Following a bomb attack on a Hamas militants' car at Gaza city beachside on Friday, which killed five Hamas militants and a child, Hamas immediately accused Fatah movement for being directly behind the attack.

    The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said in an official statement that Hamas security forces arrested around 200 Fatah members, and raided several Fatah charities and institutions.

    Egypt is exerting efforts, according to Abbas, to invite within the coming few days leaders of the Palestinian factions and political groups including Fatah and Hamas to launch a comprehensive dialogue.

    The two movements have severed dialogue right after Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip last summer following weeks of fighting with Fatah movement's militants. Hamas routed Abbas security forces and took control of the enclave.


Editor: Pliny Han
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