Hamas arrests Gaza men suspected of attacking Abbas's TV station

Reuters , Saturday 5 Jan 2019

Gaza authorities arrested five Palestinians on Saturday on suspicion of ransacking the offices of official Palestine Television station, Hamas's interior ministry said.

On Friday, assailants destroyed cameras, editing and broadcasting equipment in the Gaza office of the station, part of the Palestinian Broadcast Corporation (PBC), which broadcasts material supportive of President Mahmoud Abbas. Station officials immediately blamed Hamas for the attack.

The incident underscored tensions between Abbas's Palestinian Authority, based in the occupied West Bank, and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza.

But Hamas on Saturday said all five suspects men were former employees of the Palestinian Authority, whose salaries were recently suspended. There was no immediate response from the Palestinian Authority.

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