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Amnesty International criticises Hamas, Fatah over rights abuses

Discussion in '2007 Archive' started by KenH, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

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    Amnesty criticises Hamas, Fatah over rights abuses

    Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:48 am EDT

    LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Human rights violations in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have become widespread since fighting in June between the Palestinian factions saw Hamas seize control of Gaza, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

    Islamist Hamas and its secular rival Fatah each claims to represent the Palestinian national struggle, but their violent schism was widely seen as an unprecedented setback to hopes for a state in lands occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

    In a 57-page report, Amnesty International noted that the June civil war in Gaza in which some 160 people were killed had led to the creation, effectively, of separate Palestinian administrations in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank where political opponents have routinely been subject to abuse.

    - rest at www.reuters.com/article/featuredCrisis/idUSL24348082