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Hamas accuses Palestinian Authority of torturing, abusing political prisoners

Accusations have resurfaced against security forces in the West Bank, blaming them for using torture in their prisons and detention centers against detainees for political reasons.
Palestinian women mourn the death of Hamas movement activist Fadi Hamadneh who died inside a Palestinian Authority prison.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hamas accused security forces in the West Bank of escalating “political detention crimes based on political opinions or resistance to the occupation.” In a statement released June 14, Hamas said the arrests were coupled with “atrocious torture and inhuman treatment denigrating detainees and their families.”

Hamas condemned “the cheap methods of the PA security apparatus in fabricating lies and stories against detainees for exposed ends that our people will not believe.” Hamas fully blamed “the influential PA leadership for these ongoing abuses, calling on it to immediately release all detainees.”

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