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PA Health Ministry: Hamas using hospitals as detention centers

Feb. 7, 2009 1:06 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 7, 2009 1:06 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - The Palestinian Authority's Health Ministry accused the Hamas-run de facto government's security services of turning medical centers into virtual prisonso n Saturday.

According to a statement from the Health Ministry, Hamas has used hospitals and clinics in Gaza as interrogation and detention centers, where medical staffers have been expelled.

"After Israel ended its aggression in the Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry was surprised that Hamas militants returned to their old behavior, expelling medical staff and using medical centers as detention centers, and for torture and interrogation," the statement said.

Hospitals affiliated with the PA that were taken over include Al-Quds

Hospital in Tal Al-Hawa, a Red Crescent initiative, parts of the Ash-Shifa

Hospital in Gaza City, the upper and lower floors of the An-Nasser

Hospital, as well as the Psychiatric Hospital, according to the statement.

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