Senior Fatah official in serious condition after stabbing attack

Munir al-Jaghoub, who heads Fatah’s Information Department in the Office of Mobilization and Organization, was attacked after walking out of a mosque in his village of Beita, south of Nablus.

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A senior Fatah official in the West Bank was stabbed and seriously wounded on Friday.

Munir al-Jaghoub, who heads Fatah’s Information Department in the Office of Mobilization and Organization, was attacked after walking out of a mosque in his village of Beita, south of Nablus.

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The 39-year-old official was rushed to Rafidiyeh Hospital in Nablus, where he underwent surgery and was reported to be in serious condition.

The identity of the assailants was unknown and no group claimed responsibility for the attack. On Saturday, Palestinian Authority security forces arrested a number of suspects.

A PA security source said that Jaghoub was also attacked on Thursday night while he was driving his car near the village.

Jaghoub managed to escape unharmed, the source said.

It remained unclear on Saturday night whether the stabbing was linked to the power struggle between Hamas and Fatah or the result of internal fighting in Fatah.



A Fatah official claimed that Hamas members were behind the attack. He pointed out that Hamas had strongly criticized Jaghoub during the last war in the Gaza Strip because of statements he made against the Islamist movement.

In recent weeks, however, armed clashes have erupted in the Nablus area between Fatah gunmen and PA policemen.

Also, the cars and homes of a number of senior Fatah officials in the West Bank have been torched or shot at, prompting the PA security forces to arrest several suspects who are affiliated with ousted Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan, who is currently living in the United Arab Emirates.

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