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Palestinian PM advisor kidnapped in Gaza

world Updated: Dec 15, 2007 03:40 IST
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A political advisor of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was kidnapped at gunpoint from his home in Gaza City overnight, his family said on Friday, blaming the territory's Hamas rulers.

Masked gunmen burst into the home of Omar al-Ghul, 56, in the dead of night and kidnapped the political independent who advised the Palestinian premier, who is based in the West Bank political capital Ramallah.

The gunmen also seized files and a computer from his home, relatives said.

"He came back from Ramallah in the day because his mother-in-law died. Around 1:30 am (1130 GMT on Thursday), Hamas gunmen came and burst into the apartment," his son Nadir al-Ghul told AFP from the West Bank capital.

"My father was once threatened on the telephone. They told him that if he came to Gaza, he would be arrested. They didn't give their names, but we are sure they are from Hamas," he added.

Radical Islamist movement Hamas seized armed control of the Gaza Strip six months ago, routing Palestinian moderates loyal to president Mahmud Abbas.

Abbas sacked the previous Hamas-led government and appointed Fayyad to head an emergency administration based in Ramallah.

Ghul, while an independent, wrote newspaper editorials critical of Hamas.