PA police training in Hebron 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Nayef Hashlamoun / Reuters)
Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank on Saturday detained
dozens of supporters of the radical Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of
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The party accused PA security forces of assaulting many of
its supporters during attempts to hold rallies held in major Palestinian cities
marking the anniversary of the collapse of the Islamic Caliphate
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a global pan-Islamic political group that seeks
to unify all Muslim countries as an Islamic state, or Caliphate ruled by Islamic
law, known as “Sharia.”
The group has a few thousand supporters in the
West Bank and the Gaza Strip, where both the PA and Hamas have been cracking
down on them.
According to the party, the PA security forces turned
Ramallah and other cities into “military fortresses” to prevent its supporters
from holding the rallies.
Checkpoints set up by PA policemen at the
entrances to Ramallah stopped hundreds of Hiz ut-Tahrir supporters from entering
the city to participate in a rally in the city center.
At least 100
activists were detained in Ramallah alone, while others were beaten, the party
In one incident, PA policemen fired into the air to disperse
dozens of party supporters at the southern entrance to Ramallah, eyewitnesses
In Hebron, clashes erupted between Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters and PA
security forces, a spokesman for the party announced. He said several people
were wounded and taken to an area hospital.
Similar protests and
confrontations also erupted in Nablus, Tulkarm and Kalkilya, the spokesman said.