'Eagles of Palestine' calls for end to political arrests

Three Hamas policemen and a member of a pro-Fatah clan were killed on Saturday in the Gaza Strip, medics said.

'Eagles of Palestine' calls for end to political arrests

By World Bulletin Staff

Nusour Palestine calls on Hamas, Fatah to stop political arrests

Ma'an news agency said that a newly founded independent Palestinian military group known as the Nusour Palestine ("Eagles of Palestine") brigades on Saturday called on both the Hamas and Fatah movements to immediately release all detainees seized after last week's explosions on the Gaza City beach. The brigades also urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and de facto Prime Minister Isma'il Haniyeh to end the political arrests undertaken by their respective security forces.

The Nusour Palestine brigades demanded the formation of an impartial investigation committee to uncover the perpetrators of the Gaza beach explosions, which killed 5 Hamas members and a young girl on 25 July, and bring them to justice according to Palestinian law.

The Nusour Palestine brigades called on de facto Palestinian Prime Minister Isma'il Haniyeh "to give clear directives to stop apprehensions and immediately release the Palestinian leaders arrested, including Zakariyya Al-Agha."

The emerging military group also demanded an end to all politically-motivated detentions in both the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank, and that an official decree should be issued making politically-motivated arrests a crime under Palestinian law.

Three Hamas policemen and a member of a pro-Fatah clan were killed on Saturday in the Gaza Strip, medics said, in internecine violence that could complicate Arab-backed efforts to reconcile the rival Palestinian factions. 

Islam Shahwan, a Hamas spokesman, said three other officers and 10 civilians were wounded by gunfire and mortars in the Shejaia suburb of Gaza City, fired by members of the Helles clan, affiliated with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction.

Palestinian Authority (PA) forces released seven Hamas affiliates in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, including Dr Mohammd Ghazal , member of the Hamas political leadership after a two day detention, on Friday afternoon.

The security forces confirmed that this is the first group to be released in response to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' order on Thursday that all political prisoners arrested over the last week be released. A senior commander of the PA forces told Ma'an that others will be in the following hours.

Friday evening three more prisoners were indeed released.


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