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Protests continue against PA detentions in Nablus camp
Published Monday 21/01/2013 (updated) 23/01/2013 10:30
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Demonstrators burned tires at a Nablus refugee camp on Monday in protest against the Palestinian Authority's continued detention of Fatah members.

At Balata camp, protesters accused the PA of escalating measures against Fatah gunmen who gave themselves in to PA security services on Thursday.

PLC deputies Jamal Hwail and Jihad Tamliyeh have requested permission to visit the detainees and Junaid prison in Nablus, but PA security forces have not yet responded to the request, and the detainees' mobile phones have been confiscated.

Sources in the camp told Ma'an that efforts were underway to contain the crisis, particularly by those who were involved in the surrender of the Fatah members.

Nablus governor Jibrin al-Bakri told Ma'an on Friday that a deal had been struck leading to the surrender of 10 gunmen from Balata camp on Thursday evening. The governor did not elaborate on the terms of the deal.

Earlier Thursday, President Mahmoud Abbas had instructed security services to intensify their efforts to maintain security after gunmen claiming affiliation to Fatah's military wing held protests in Nablus and Jenin refugee camps.

They said they were protesting confiscation of their weapons by PA security forces and the detention of group members.
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1 ) JoeUSA / USA
22/01/2013 00:20
Abbas needs to stop this extrajudicial policy of arresting people left and right and mostly to please Israel and coordinating with the USA. In the same token , Palestinian society must learn a way for political dialogue , to express strong opinions without fear of imprisonment nor to the resorting of violence. Authority , mutual respect and order must be the process in which Palestinian soicety moves forward to reach its goals. Chaos is not acceptable.

2 ) F.Y / Palestine
22/01/2013 13:57
there has been protests other parts of wb.against p.a. isreal

3 ) Robert Haymond / Israel-Gush Etzion
22/01/2013 14:06
Sorry, won't happen JoeUSA. Democratic expression isn't free to occur anywhere in the Mideast except in Israel. Because we exist in a democratic society (broken in places and sometimes limited), the Arab leaders demonize us. Simply put, they fear the diminuation of their own considerable powers due to the proximity and influence of Israeli society.

4 ) Rami / Palestine
22/01/2013 14:23
#3 right....keep telling yourself that. You may really believe it one day.

5 ) Tony / USA
23/01/2013 01:50
Fatah supporters carrying guns around, especially in a protest, is dangerous. In a free, democratic society, you do not carry weapons/guns openly in a protest.
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