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Palestinian Women Urge Release of Hamas Prisoners


Some 200 Palestinian women have marched to demand the release of Hamas supporters from jails in the West Bank.

Protesters wearing veils and chanting "God is great" gathered Saturday in the West Bank city of Ramallah. They included wives, mothers and daughters of imprisoned Hamas supporters.

Scuffles broke out when police tried to block the women from gathering in Ramallah's main square. At least one of the protesters was detained.

Security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have arrested scores of Hamas supporters in the West Bank since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip by force in June.

Mr. Abbas heads the Fatah faction, which is a fierce rival of Hamas.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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