Hamas has called on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to end political detention completely because "it harms the unity of the Palestinian people".
Senior member Abdel Rahman Shadid asked in a statement: "In whose interest are these detentions and what is the goal behind them?"
Shadid condemned what he described as the Palestinian Authority's campaign of arrests and summoning Palestinian citizens on the grounds that they were distributing aid and charity among the poor and those in need.
This policy "deprives hundreds of Palestinian families, during this hardship, from obtaining aid, which intensifies the suffering of those families."
"Arrests and summoning of our people on the grounds of aid [they were giving] to the poor contradict the calls for solidarity that were made by the government in the West Bank," Shadid added.