Amnesty says one of its staff at peaceful rally against Abbas’s Gaza sanctions was tortured

Palestinian authorities launched a “vicious crackdown” on peaceful demonstrators this week, including the arbitrary detention and torture of an Amnesty International staff member, the rights group has said.

Laith Abu Zeyad had been monitoring a rare rally in the West Bank demanding that the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, ease punitive economic measures in Gaza, the isolated enclave run by his political rival, Hamas.

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