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Fatah says party spokesman detained in Gaza

June 16, 2011 9:28 A.M. (Updated: June 18, 2011 9:25 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Fatah officials in the West Bank said Wednesday that the party's spokesman in the Gaza Strip was detained by Hamas government security forces, and called the detention a violation of the conciliation agreement between the factions.

Fayez Abu A’itah's detention "harms the basic rights of the Palestinians," a statement said.

According to Fatah, the leading party in the West Bank, Hamas security forces have "insisted on preventing the movement of A'itah, making it impossible for him to do his job."

The rival factions signed an agreement in Egypt on 4 May, which set out parameters to unify the Gaza and West Bank governments, which split during civil infighting in 2007 after a unity government fell.

Egypt's unity deal calls for the appointment of a single cabinet of independent figures who will carry out a government platform determined by delegates from the rival factions. A committee is also set to be appointed to foster an atmosphere of unity, and will negotiate the release of political prisoners in the West Bank and Gaza.

In detaining A'itah, Fatah said in a statement, "Hamas is harming the conciliation agreement and working to bring its failure by creating tension between the movements in Gaza."

In its statement, Fatah did not say when A'itah was detained.
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