Gov’t: News about arresting journalists is untrue

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GAZA, (PIC)– The government information office in Gaza said that some citizens, described as journalists in some news reports, were summoned and detained because of their involvement in illegal practices threatening the security and stability in the Gaza Strip.

In a press release, the information office stated that the citizens were not placed in custody because of their press activities, but because of their work for former Israel-backed security officials and their use of websites to trigger sedition in society.

It affirmed that the internal security apparatus, which is now responsible for this case, discovered that those citizens are members of a cell working for rallying support for former Fatah security chief Mohamed Dahlan and inciting against Hamas and Fatah officials.

In a related context, the Hamas Movement strongly denounced Wafa news agency, the mouthpiece of the Palestinian authority, for accusing its senior political official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar of attempting to thwart the national reconciliation.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the Palestinian information center (PIC) on Saturday that such news is only fabrications by Wafa and constitutes a violation of the agreement between the Palestinian rivals to stop all kind of media wrangling.

Wafa had claimed that member of Hamas’s political bureau Mahmoud Al-Zahhar had instructed the internal security apparatus in Gaza to arrest Fatah supporters working for Dahlan in a bid to frustrate the reconciliation talks in Cairo.

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