Hamas Closes another Press Office

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GAZA STRIP - Hamas, the Palestinian faction ruling the Gaza Strip, closed the offices of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and detained several of its members for questioning.

According to one member of its board of directors, Hamas security officers in civilian clothes arrived with a closure order from the Ministry of Interior. They offered no explanation for the shutdown.

One of the syndicate's leaders told Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh they hold Hamas responsible for the journalists' safety.

"We demand that Hamas also apologize for this new crime against our syndicate and its board members," he said.

"We urge Arab and foreign journalists and human rights activists to intervene with Hamas to stop its repeated crimes against the syndicate and its members in the Gaza Strip," he said.

According to the report, Hamas has been targeting Palestinian journalists and other institutions in the Gaza Strip since their takeover of the Gaza in June 2007, closing down more than 25 press offices and interrogating numerous journalists.

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