RAMALLAH - Six Hamas sympathizers have been detained by Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank since rival groups concluded a deal aimed at reconciliation, a Hamas source said on Thursday.
The detentions in the Hebron and Nablus area underline the challenges facing implementation of the reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah, which is headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas."We regret these detentions," said the source, adding that the Western-backed Palestinian Authority was currently holding around 200 Palestinians for their affiliation with Hamas. "We want this to stop," the source said.
Under the unity deal concluded in Cairo, political detainees are supposed to be released. The Palestinian Authority has said it does is not have any political detainees in its jails.
The PA security forces spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment on the latest detentions.