An all-party committee publishes scathing report on Britain’s policy in the Middle East.
Hamas has closed a pro-Fatah public television and radio station and a news agency, and controls all electronic media in Gaza, except for one radio station linked to the Islamic Jihad group.
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Nour Odeh, Al Jazeera’s Gaza correspondent, said that journalists were also barred from the rally.
She said: “Cameramen recording the protest were not allowed to film, or get out of their cars.”
The decision came after Executive Force members attacked two cameramen of Abu Dhabi TV channel and Ramattan New Agency and stormed the Gaza bureau of Al-Arabiya, the pan-Arab TV channel.
Ahmed Abdelrahman, an aide of Mahmoud Abbas, the president and leader of Fatah, criticised Hamas for Monday’s events in Gaza City.
He said: “Today Hamas is continuing its crimes after its coup d’etat in Gaza and is imposing a military rule in the Gaza Strip against all Palestinian factions, undermining law and freedom.
“Hamas is imposing a despotic rule by force, arms, repression and barbaric actions.”
He said: “What happened today was an … attempt to suppress and terrorise people who have the right to hold peaceful demonstrations.”
The meeting, chaired by Salam Fayyad, the West Bank-based prime minister, is expected to address the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, including the Palestinian-Israeli meetings and the actions of the Executive Force.