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Hamas Forces detain 32 Fatah supporters

Published August 12, 2007



Hamas militia members detained 32 Fatah supporters across Gaza, half of them after breaking up a bachelor's party and beating guests with clubs and chairs, Fatah officials and witnesses said Saturday. Ten people were hurt. After taking control of Gaza by force in June, Hamas had promised amnesty to Fatah loyalists and it was not immediately clear whether the arrests late Friday and early Saturday signaled the start a crackdown on Fatah or were isolated incidents. The Executive Force, the Hamas militia policing Gaza, said it stopped the celebration because guests shot in the air, disturbing the peace, and confirmed four arrests. Fatah activists denied anyone had fired in the air.


Two journalists are assassinated

Two prominent Somali journalists were assassinated Saturday, authorities said. Mahad Ahmed Elmi, 30, host of a popular radio talk show for HornAfrik Media Company, was shot early Saturday, according to witnesses. Ali Iman Sharmarke, 50, owner of HornAfrik, was killed by a remote-controlled land mine as he drove home from Elmi's burial, authorities said. HornAfrik's broadcasts have criticized both the government and the Islamic militants trying to topple the administration. There was no immediate indication of who killed the men.


Farm animals free of foot-and-mouth

Livestock on an English farm that were tested after showing signs of possible foot-and-mouth disease do not have it, Britain's chief veterinarian, Debby Reynolds, said Saturday. The result strengthens indications that the highly contagious livestock ailment has not spread beyond the small area where it was first discovered last week. In all, about 500 animals have been killed on two infected farms and - as a precaution - on three nearby properties. Foot-and-mouth disease affects cloven-hoofed animals and does not typically infect humans.


Ex-Gitmo detainee claims abuse

A Tunisian man released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, claims he was beaten by U.S. soldiers while in custody in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Saturday. Lotfi Lagha also says U.S. medics amputated his frostbitten fingers unnecessarily and against his will, according to the attorney, Samir Ben Amor. Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith did not have details about Lagha's case but said all detainees are treated humanely.

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