Hamas imposes new restrictions on aid workers

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Posted: Aug 16, 2011 11:28 AM
Hamas imposes new restrictions on aid workers

Palestinian rights groups are condemning new orders by Gaza's Hamas rulers that employees of civil society groups register with authorities before traveling for work outside the Gaza Strip.

Gaza rights activist Hamdi Shakoura says the move is meant to restrict the freedoms of non-governmental groups. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights also issued a statement Tuesday criticizing the new orders after meeting with a network of aid groups in Gaza.

Hamas' Deputy Interior Minister Kamel Abu Madi says employees must register with authorities two weeks before leaving and explain why they are traveling. They must also identify their hosts and list the names and details of all participants in any program they will attend.