Gaza security forces broke up an event at the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), headed by renowned novelist Ahdaf Soueif and attended by authors and poets from Egypt and Palestine Wednesday, claiming organisers didn’t hold a required licence for the event.
Attendees at first refused to leave the event, which was taking place at the Al-Pasha Centre in Gaza, but were later led out by security forces.
“We don't know why they cancelled the event,” Soueif said.
Three hours after the incident, Gaza's police chief apologised and promised to investigate what had happened, according to the official PalFest website. more