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Gazan released after being detained over participation in electricity protests

Jan. 15, 2017 2:39 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2017 8:25 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- Palestinian security forces in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip released a member of the central committee of the socialist Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) on Sunday, the same day he declared a hunger strike in protest of his detention.

A member of the PPP politburo posted on Facebook on Sunday afternoon that Adnan al-Faqaawi had been released in Khan Yunis, after having been arrested over his involvement in recent protests in the Gaza Strip held to demand a resolution to the ever-worsening electricity crisis in the besieged coastal enclave.

PPP had previously said that al-Faqaawi was being held incommunicado in a detention center in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Hamas’ security forces have been accused of assaulting journalists and restricting the freedom of expression of demonstrators over the past week, with rights groups and United Nations harshly criticizing Hamas for possible human rights violations and its suppression of dissent amid the protests.

PPP said it considered the actions of security forces against protesters “a clear violation of civilians’ rights,” insisting that the repressive measures “would only overcomplicate the situation.”

Hamas security officials detained a number of PPP operatives last year after leaders of the party urged Hamas and its rival Fatah to end their years-long political dispute.

Since Hamas won legislative elections in 2006 and became the ruling party in the Gaza Strip, the movement has stifled many dissident voices in the blockaded Palestinian territory.
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