RAMALLAH, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian Authority's
health ministry on Saturday accused Hamas of turning some of its medical
facilities in Gaza into detention centers.
After Israel stopped 22 days of aerial and ground attacks in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip last month, "Hamas
unfortunately used several facilities, mainly a large number of hospitals, as
stations for summons, interrogation, torture and detention," the Ramallah-based
ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said Hamas also sacked dozens of
employees, loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, who
broke their general strike and returned to their work after Israel launched the
onslaught on December 27.
The Israeli aerial assaults, which preceded a
large-scale ground invasion on January 3, knocked down most of security stations
and civil departments of Hamas administration in Gaza Strip.
According to the statement, Hamas seized some
buildings in al-Shifa, the main hospital in the city, al-Nasser pediatric clinic
and the psychiatric hospital.
UN chief demands Hamas immediately
release seized aid supplies
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- UN
Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Friday demanded that Hamas immediately release
the UN humanitarian aid supplies it seized in Gaza.
"The secretary-general demands that the Hamas
immediately release the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for
Palestine Refugees in the Near East) consignment of humanitarian goods it seized
last night, in the second such incident this week," said a statement issued here
by Ban's spokesperson. Full story
Hamas not eager to talk with
GAZA, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- A Hamas official said
Tuesday the Islamic movement is not raring to talk with Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas if he insists on Hamas recognition of the Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) as the sole representative.
"We are not hastening for a dialogue with Abbas if he
keeps insisting on recognition of Palestine Liberation Organization as the only
legitimate representative of the Palestinian people," said Damascus-based Hamas
leader Mohamed Nazal. Full story