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Hamas to attempt 'reeducation' of detained ultra-Islamists

Aug. 22, 2009 3:51 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 24, 2009 1:52 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – The de facto Ministry of the Interior in Gaza will try to "correct" ideologies held by members of Jund Ansar Allah who were arrested after and during gun battles last week, spokesman Eyhab Al-Ghussein said on Saturday.

The ministry said it would seek help from the Union of Muslim Scholars.

Jund Ansar Allah, a radical armed group thought to be ideologically aligned with Al-Qaeda, was at the center of clashes that left 28 Palestinians dead following a Hamas operation against its members in Rafah last Friday.

Al-Ghussein explained that his ministry gave directives to security services to impose order and ease movement during Ramadan. Police will deploy in marketplaces and crossroads to protect residents, he said.

With regard to the Palestinian reconciliation dialogue, Al-Ghussein said "the ongoing detention of resistance activists by the Palestinian Authority security services in the West Bank will not lead to a successful dialogue in Cairo."

He criticized rights groups for keeping silent while human rights are violated in the West Bank and "criminal acts are conducted against citizens," while at the same time making a mountain out of a molehill when there was "a little trouble in Gaza."

Al-Ghussein highlighted that the de facto government recently released 100 detainees as part of its efforts to make the dialogue a success.

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