Monday, July 23, 2007
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"GAZA, (PIC)-- A document issued by the interior ministry of the tenth PA government led by Hamas Movement has unmasked the involvement of a number of PA security officials in kidnapping foreign journalists in Gaza Strip.
The document dated January, 2007 was in the form of an official letter from the then PA interior minister Sa'eed Siyam to Dr. Mohammed Awad, the secretary of the then PA council of ministers.
In the letter, Siyam informed Awad that PA officials in the office of PA chief Mahmoud Abbas were fully aware of those involved in the kidnapping and that those officials were encouraging the kidnappers instead of arresting them.
Furthermore, Siyam affirmed that most of the journalists’ kidnappers were associated with one of Fatah’s influential leaders in Gaza Strip and that Abbas was aware of their identities and he even absorbed a number of them in his presidential guards.
The letter of Siyam was answering a letter from Rafik Al-Hussaini, one of Abbas’s advisors, regarding the kidnappings.
Abbas's security continue to arrest Hamas supporters in the West Bank
On Sunday night, Abbas’s intelligence apparatus in the West Bank arrested Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of former PA prisoners’ affairs minister Wasfi Kabaha, after they summoned him for questioning in Salfit city.
Family of Khafsh, 32, was informed by the apparatus that their son was detained with them, but denied them any contact with him.
A number of Hamas’s cadres and supporters, including students, taxi drivers, and businessmen among others, in the city were arrested at the hand of Abbas’s security forces without any legal basis or charge.
More than 430 Hamas cadres were arrested by Abbas’s forces so far during the past 39 days, according to Hamas’s records that also confirmed 737 attacks on its cadres and institutions over the same period....."