Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Locals say Gaza man held without charge in Egypt since 2008

Gaza – Ma'an – Friends and colleagues of a Gaza man said this week that he has been held without charge or trial in an Egyptian jail since early 2008 when he and hundreds of thousands of other Palestinians breached the border wall into Egypt.

Ayman Noufal’s supporters say he was arrested on 27 January 2008, when militants in Gaza dynamited the border wall separating Gaza from Egypt, allowing thousands to cross into Egypt to buy goods made scarce by the Israeli-led blockade.

A "solidarity committee" set up to support Noufal said he has been subjected to "psychological and physical torture" while in prison.

The report could not be independently verified by Ma'an.

The solidarity committee appealed specifically to the Hamas government in Gaza to pressure Egypt to release Noufal and return him to his family and six children.

“Ayman Noufal [has entered his] third year in the Egyptian prisons without any legal justification. Egyptian security forces intentionally placed him under solitary confinement,” the committee added.