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    GAZA, December 14 (RIA Novosti) - Hamas law enforcement officers have arrested Omar Al-Ghoul, an aide to the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and an outspoken critic of Hamas, a spokesman for the interior ministry said on Friday.

    "We have detained al-Ghoul and he is being questioned over his activities against us and cooperation with the Fayad government," a spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry, Ehab al-Ghsain, said.

    Media earlier reported that the high-ranking Fatah official, who was in Gaza to attend the funeral of his mother-in-law, had been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

    Hamas is accusing al-Ghoul of failing to pay the salaries of thousands of Gaza civil servants, who cooperated with Hamas.

    Al-Ghoul frequently criticizes the fundamentalists in his newspaper columns.

    Islamic group Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from the pro-presidential Fatah movement in June after months of infighting.

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