PA Police 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank Thursday arrested the
director of the office of Abdel Aziz Dweik, a senior Hamas representative who
was released last week from Israeli prison.
Dweik, who serves as speaker
of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was released from Israeli prison after
serving six months in administrative detention.
The director of his
office, Baha Farah, was summoned for investigation by the PA’s Preventive
Security Force on Wednesday night. Later, he was ordered to be held in detention
for 15 days.
Dweik condemned the arrest of his aide, saying the only
crime that Farah had committed was receiving his salary from the Gaza
Dweik held the Preventive Security Force responsible for any harm
caused to Farah during his stay in a Palestinian prison in Ramallah. “Is this
the way the Palestinian Authority greets me upon my release from Israeli prison
– by arresting my assistant?” he asked in a statement.
A PA security
official in Ramallah refused to comment on Farah’s arrest.
highest ranking Hamas figure in the West Bank, received a phone call shortly
after his release from newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi to offer
He was scheduled to meet in the coming days with PA
President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, who also phoned him to greet him.
a related development, PA security forces arrested another four Hamas supporters
in the West Bank over the past few days, sources close to the Islamist movement
One of the detainees, Rashid Khatib, also works as director of the
office of a Hamas legislator in Jericho.
The other three detainees had
recently been released from Israeli prison.