Hamas denies Fatah allegations on arrests on Arafat anniversary
The Fatah movement accused Gaza's Hamas rulers of detaining dozens of its members to stop them marking the 5th anniversary of the death of Arafat.
The secular Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Gaza's Hamas rulers of detaining dozens of its members on Tuesday to stop them marking the 5th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat.
Fatah officials said Hamas security forces carried out a wave of arrests the Gaza Strip that included senior Fatah figures Mohammed Al-Nahal and Jamal Abeid.
One Fatah official said he believed the arrests would continue on into Wednesday, the anniversary day.
Ehab Al-Ghsain, a spokesman of the Hamas Interior Ministry, denied the allegations calling them the "usual Fatah charges to cover up on the continued arrest of Hamas men in the West Bank."
Ghsain said Fatah had not asked for permission to hold any public events in Gaza.
Hamas and Fatah have repeatedly traded accusations of arrest campaigns against supporters of the two groups in Hamas-run Gaza and the Fatah-dominated West Bank. Over a year of Egyptian mediation had failed to reconcile the two groups or to persuade them to take steps towards that end.
Senior Fatah lawmaker Ashraf Goma discreetly hosted supporters in his office of Tuesday in the southern Gaza Strip, where they lit candles under a large mural of Arafat.
Reuters Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Kasım 2009, 08:57