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De facto government detains 160 ultra-Islamists

Aug. 30, 2009 1:12 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 31, 2009 12:25 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – The de facto government has detained 160 supporters of the ultra-Islamic (Salafi) movement.

According to a statement from Interior Minister Fathi Hammad on Sunday the families of the detainees will be allowed visits.

He pledged that “the Independent Commission for Human Rights can visit the detainees and check up on their detention conditions. Anyone who will not be found guilty of any charge will be released.”

Hammad explained that his ministry was carrying out a “recovery program” in order to amend the beliefs of the Salafi supporters.
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