(photo credit: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)
Fatah announced on Tuesday that it has decided to launch an investigation into
reports that former Palestinian security commander Muhammed Dahlan had been
involved in the transfer of Israeli-supplied weapons to Libya’s Muammar
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The Fatah Central Committee said that such actions, if true,
contradicted the principles of Fatah and the interests of the Palestinian
people, who are keen not to intervene in the internal affairs of Arab
A Fatah spokesman said that the reports about Dahlan’s alleged
involvement in the shipment of weapons to Libya were under examination and
“The committee will take measures that suit the size of these
allegations,” the spokesman said, noting that the committee had suspended
Dahlan’s membership over “political and organizational trespasses.”
Fatah spokesman said that the second Palestinian whose name was mentioned in
connection with the weapons shipment, Khaled Salam, had nothing to do with the
faction’s policies or national positions.
The decision to launch an
investigation into the allegations came following a report in an Algerian
newspaper, which accused Dahlan and Salam of involvement in sending Israeli
weapons to Gaddafi’s forces on board a Greek ship.
The paper quoted
Libyan opposition figure Omar al- Khadrawi, who said that Gaddafi’s forces later
used the weapons to shell the western city of Misrata.
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Al-Jazeera TV network also reported the story, which has embarrassed Fatah
leaders in the West Bank.
Dahlan described the charges as lies and
fabrications and launched a scathing attack on Al-Jazeera, accusing the station
of having “bad intentions.”
Dahlan was suspended from Fatah recently for
allegedly plotting to stage a coup against PA President Mahmoud Abbas – a charge
he has also denied.
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