Rights Center Condemns Hamas Travel Ban on Fatah Members

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On Monday 25th March, the Gaza-based al-Mezan Human Rights Center condemned in a statement a Hamas ban on travel for several Fatah officials, including a member of Fatah Central Committee, Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported.

The Hamas authorities in Gaza banned on Saturday three members of Fatah international relations department from travel across Rafah crossing with Egypt on their way to Belgium to attend meetings with European officials.

The three members, two men and one woman, were interrogated at the crossing about the reasons for their travel before they were told they cannot leave the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas authorities had also banned the day before Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad from leaving the Gaza Strip through Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing with Israel on her way to Ramallah to attend a meeting for the Central Committee.

Hamad arrived at the crossing with three other Fatah officials, who were allowed to cross without her after she was told that she was banned from travel.

Al-Mezan condemned the Hamas travel ban against Fatah officials in the Gaza Strip and said that this was not the first time Fatah members have been banned from travel even if the travel was for medical reasons.

It said the Palestinian basic law allows freedom of travel unless there is a court order against it. It called on Hamas to respect the right of people to travel freely.

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