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Report: Joint American-Palestinian torture of prisoners
Report: Joint American-Palestinian torture of prisoners
Despite Obama's instructions torture continues.
The Guardian newspaper accused the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Palestinian Security officers of torturing members of Hamas in the West Bank.
Friday, December 25,2009 21:37

 CAIRO: The Guardian newspaper accused the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Palestinian Security officers of torturing members of Hamas in the West Bank. The report comes amidst continued tension between Palestinian factions and fear among Western nations that the Islamic group is gaining popularity in the predominantly Fatah-run West Bank.

The newspaper argued that sources had informed them of Palestinian security agents working closely with the CIA and Palestinian security forces had detained and allegedly tortured some 500 supporters of the Islamist organization in the West Bank. Hamas has been in control of the Gaza Strip for more than two years since they ousted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ supporters in the impoverished and isolated area.

The torture was reported torture despite American President Barak Obama’s banning of torture.

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) added that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank had continuously tortured detainees during investigations, resulting in the death of at least one of the prisoners. Detainees were punched, beaten with sticks, plastic pipes and rubber tubes in addition to being shackled in painful positions for long periods, Britian’s leading newspaper reported.

The Guardian stressed that the shackling of detainees is known in Arabic as “Sahabah” and causes severe pain and internal damage without leaving external evidence on the victim.

In a related story, some armed individuals from the Gaza Strip shot at the Egyptian equipment that is being used for the construction of the iron wall to separate Egypt from Gaza, on Saturday.

The shooting resulted in delaying the work for some time as equipment was slightly damaged.

Israeli newspapers and news agencies printed news stating that Egyptian authorities had started the building of an underground iron wall on the borders with Gaza aimed at stopping the smuggling of goods through the tunnels to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an economic blockade for more than three years.

Ironically, Egyptian authorities neither admitted nor denied the news. However, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Aboul Gheit, defended the wall, claiming that” Egypt has the right to protect its borders by any means”.

Hamdy Hassan, the spokesman of the Mulsim Brotherhood’s Parliamentary bloc, submitted an urgent memorandum to Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif. He called for an explanation for the actions of the government along the lengthy desert border with Gaza.

The MP stressed that the establishment of this wall would only benefit the Israelis, “since the siege on the innocent people and children of Gaza paves the way for an Israeli invasion of the Strip.” He added that there were rumors “about an imminent invasion with the support of the Egyptian government of the Israeli preparations by providing them with gas and support by tightening the siege on the people of Gaza.”


tags: Obama / Torture / Ahmed Nazif / Palestinian Security / Central Intelligence Agency / Human Rights Watch / Hamas / Fatah / West Bank / Gaza Strip
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