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PA forces detain people in Ramallah ahead of planned rally over dead activist

Palestinian Authority security forces detain several men in Ramallah’s al-Manara Square, in advance of a planned rally condemning the death of activist Nizar Banat in PA custody, according to Palestinian media.

In videos published by Palestinian websites, PA police can be seen checking identity papers and ushering detainees into white police vans. It is not immediately clear why the men were being detained.

Banat, a prominent critic of the PA leadership, died while in the custody of PA forces in late June. His death sparked scattered protests in the West Bank cities of Hebron and Ramallah calling for an end to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s 16-year rule.

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