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Hamas arrests Gaza men suspected of attacking Abbas’s TV station

Hamas arrests Gaza men suspected of attacking Abbas’s TV station

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FILE PHOTO: Palestinians examine the injury contained in the workplace of Palestine TV, in Gaza Metropolis January four, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

GAZA (Reuters) – Gaza authorities arrested 5 Palestinians on Saturday on suspicion of ransacking the places of work of President Mahmoud Abbas’s official Palestine Tv station, Hamas’s inside ministry stated.

On Friday, assailants destroyed cameras, modifying and broadcasting gear within the Gaza workplace of the station, a part of the Palestinian Broadcast Company (PBC), which broadcasts materials supportive of Abbas. Station officers instantly blamed Hamas for the assault.

The incident underscored tensions between Abbas’s Western-backed Palestinian Authority, based mostly within the occupied West Financial institution, and Hamas, the Islamist group that guidelines Gaza.

However Hamas on Saturday stated all 5 suspects males have been former workers of the Palestinian Authority, whose salaries have been not too long ago suspended. There was no quick response from the Palestinian Authority.

There has lengthy been antipathy between Hamas, which gained the final Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006 and is against any peace negotiations with Israel, and with Abbas’s extra reasonable and secular Fatah faction.

The 2 rivals have tried and failed to finish the divisions. Egypt has brokered a Palestinian reconciliation pact that gives for Hamas to cede management of Gaza to Abbas, however a dispute over power-sharing has hindered implementation.

Writing by Nidal Almughrabi; modifying by David Evans

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