Fatah-allied security beat, arrest Hamas protesters in Hebron

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September 9, 2007 14:06

Palestinian security allied with Fatah rulers of the West Bank beat protesters of the rival Hamas group in a demonstration Sunday in the city of Hebron. Hundreds of Hamas students gathered outside the Hebron University in Hebron to protest an increase in tuition, witnesses said. Palestinian security asked the demonstrators to move to university grounds and, when they did not, began beating the protesters with clubs, the witnesses. About 20 students were beaten and arrested. The security also forbade journalists from taking pictures, confiscating the camera of one photographer, witnesses said. Some journalists were also beaten. The incident followed a similar scene in the Gaza Strip on Friday, in which security forces of the Hamas rulers of the territory beat Fatah protesters who tried to hold public prayers.


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