Members of a Gaza youth movement said on Monday that they feared Hamas forces had arrested one of their leaders who went missing two days ago in the Palestinian territory.
The Gaza Youth Breaks Out (GYBO) group said the man, identified only as Abu Yazan, had gone missing shortly after being called in for two separate interrogations by Hamas forces after his return from a speaking tour in France.
They declined to give his name, citing the security of his friends and family.
The 25-year-old was a founding member of Gaza Youth Breaks Out, which grabbed attention with its December 2010 manifesto condemning Hamas, Fatah and Israel, and calling for freedom, "a normal life," and peace.
Another member of the group, who identified himself only as Abu Ghassan, said Abu Yazan had been missing since he went to try to retrieve his laptop and mobile phone from the headquarters of Gaza internal security services.
Hamas had no immediate comment on the reported arrest, declining to confirm or deny it.
In March, US-based group Human Rights Watch accused Hamas of suppressing peaceful protests in Gaza and called on the group to investigate claims that its security officers tortured an activist involved with the March 15 movement.Lebanon news