Ministry: Hamas turns hospitals to detention centers 2009-02-07 19:08:29   Print

    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 Abbas  

     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

Editor: Chris
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