Hamas releases al-Aqsa spokesman

Last week, Hamas called for other Palestinian factions in Gaza to abide by the ceasefire and said it would take "necessary measures" against violators.

Hamas releases al-Aqsa spokesman

Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip said on Monday they released Mohammed Abu Irmana, the Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades spokesman, after the group fired rockets on Israel last week in breach of a fragile truce.

Mohammed Abu Irmana, also known as Abu Qusai, was released during the night "after being held for several hours," the Hamas government said in a statement.

"An investigation was conducted into a number of questions, including the instigators of a violation of the truce and those responsible for firing rockets at Israel," it said.

Abu Irmana is a spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which claimed responsibility for two rocket attacks against southern Israel on Thursday.

The group is linked to the Fatah party of secular Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

In return Israel is expected to ease its blockade of Gaza.

Last week, Hamas called for other Palestinian factions in Gaza to abide by the ceasefire and said it would take "necessary measures" against violators.

Agencies

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