Palestinian Authority Minister of Communications Mashhour Abu Daka resigned Thursday following reports that the PA government had blocked a number of websites.

The minister said he quit for personal reasons, but did not elaborate.

But shortly before submitting his resignation to Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Abu Daka accused the PA attorney-general of being behind the decision to block the sites.

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Some sources in Ramallah claimed that Abu Daka had been fired for criticizing the decision to block the news websites.

Abu Daka confirmed that a number of Palestinian websites had been blocked by the attorney-general for criticizing PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

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