File - In this Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, Palestinian activist Issa Amro, center, participates in a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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A prominent Palestinian activist began a hunger strike Tuesday to protest his detention by the Palestinian authorities after he criticized the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.Issa Amro was detained Monday by Palestinian security forces in Hebron, the occupied West Bank's largest city, after he criticized the detention of a local journalist who had called for Abbas' resignation. Leading human rights groups blasted Amro's detention. Amro's lawyer, Farid al-Atrash, said he visited Amro and the detained local journalist Monday.Amro has said that Israel is trying to silence him.Adnan Damiri, a spokesman for the Palestinian security forces, said he was not aware of the details of Amro's detention and declined further comment.
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