Tuesday, July 10, 2007
More on The Pinochet-Style Military Dictatorship in the West Bank
Women protest in Nablus, calling for the PA to release detained Hamas loyalists
"Nablus - Ma'an - Relatives of Hamas loyalists, detained by Palestinian Authority security forces over the last two weeks in Nablus, staged a sit-in on Tuesday outside the detention center in the city where the men are believed to be held.
The protesters, who were mainly female family members, demanded that their relatives be released from the Jneid detention center, in Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian security services declared the area a closed military zone and prevented journalists from covering the event.
More than 100 women participated in the sit-in, including the Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Muna Mansour.
The Palestinian security prevented the protesters from approaching the detention center and fired warning gunshots into the air. Only five women were allowed to enter the detention center, including Muna Mansour. The women handed over a letter to the center's manager, calling on him to release the detainees immediately. "