Palestinian journalist, a Hamas critic, arrested in Gaza

Al-Monitor reporter Mohammed Othman taken away month after being barred from hospitals for trying to report on medical errors

Illustrative. A man's hands in handcuffs. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Illustrative. A man's hands in handcuffs. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

GAZA CITY — The wife of a prominent Palestinian journalist and critic of the Islamist terror group that rules the Gaza Strip said Hamas has arrested her husband.

Mohammed Othman’s wife, Huda, said Hamas officers arrested him at his home on Thursday after showing up with a warrant for his arrest.

She said the officers didn’t give a reason for Othman’s arrest. Hamas officials were unavailable for comment.

Othman works for the Washington-based Al-Monitor news site. Last month, Hamas’s health ministry in Gaza barred Othman from entering hospitals as a journalist after he published a report that exposed medical errors he said were taking place there.

Human Rights Watch this week accused Palestinian authorities in Gaza and the West Bank of stifling free speech and abusing local journalists and activists who criticize government policies.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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