Could you imagine the uproar if Israel did this???
Hamas tortures Fatah officials...
Hamas's security forces in the Gaza Strip detained over the weekend dozens of Fatah activists in one of the largest crackdowns in recent months, Fatah officials said.
The latest clampdown on Fatah comes after fresh mediation efforts to solve the crisis with Hamas failed.
It also coincides with the third anniversary of Hamas's violent takeover of the Gaza Strip.
A special committee that was formed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last month to discuss ways of ending the power struggle has been dissolved. The committee was headed by Nablus businessman Munib al-Masri.
Its members were supposed to travel to the Gaza Strip for talks with Hamas leaders on the ongoing dispute between the two parties. However, the visit was called off after Hamas announced that it would not receive the delegation, which consisted of several top Fatah representatives.
The decision to dismantle the committee also came after Hamas refused to sign an Egyptian document that was supposed to end the crisis.
According to the Fatah officials, many of their members in the Gaza Strip were summoned to various Hamas security installations "for questioning and torture. The detainees were also instructed to bring along their passports, the official added.
The detainees included Amal Hamad, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, Fayez Abu Aitah, a prominent spokesman for the faction and Muhammed al-Talouli, a former deputy minister in the PA government.
The Hamas security forces also summoned a large number of former PA security commanders, including Abu Hilme Dabour and Kamal Abdel Nabi, two former "generals" in the PA's Presidential Guard and "colonels" Imad Shaheen, Ameed al-Haloul, Salah Abu Wardeh and Omar Khadoura.
"Over the past 40 days, the Hamas militias have escalated their offensive against Fatah members," the Fatah officials charged. "Many are summoned [by Hamas] and forced to spend hours in the sun while their heads are covered with bags. Others are tortured and humiliated while in detention. This happens on a daily basis."
A statement released over the weekend by Fatah revealed that over 100 members of the faction have been arrested by Hamas in the past month alone.