The police of the de facto government in Gaza has arrested at least 17 Fatah leaders, according to Maan News. The arrests were made only a day after an order by President Mahmoud Abbas to release all political prisoners arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA) since the Gaza bombing on 25 July.
Read: Maan News, “Fatah: de facto police detain high-profile leaders in Gaza,” 1 August 2008.
The arrests of the Fatah leaders were condemned by the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Read: Maan News, “People’s Party condemns arrest of Fatah leaders,” 1 August 2008.
Read: Maan News, “PFLP calls for demonstrations in protest at arbitrary arrests,” 1 August 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=30973.
Fattah claimed that Hamas was doing nothing to make moves towards reconciliation.
Read: Maan News, “Fatah: Hamas are escalating internal crisis,” 1 August 2008.