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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Palestinian Civil War Watch - Fatah creates new armed force

The Jerusalem Post reports that Fatah has created a new 80-member armed force to protect its leaders against recent assassination threats from Hamas and al-Qaida.

Members of the force staged a march in Rafah on Wednesday as their leaders warned against attempts to harm Fatah officials.

The new force's spokesman said its members came from several branches of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, a wing of Fatah. "The No. 1 mission of this elite force is to protect Fatah members and leaders," he said.

The spokesman said the Fatah force was not connected with the new security force recently established by Palestinian Authority Interior Minister Said Siam of Hamas.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khaled Abu Hilal said that he did not understand why the force was needed when 99 percent of the members of the PA security forces belonged to Fatah.

"This is a very strange decision," he said. "Why does Fatah need protection?"


At 7:48 PM, Blogger AtlasShrugs.com said...

Hey Carl! Mazel tov! Great site, I will check it regularly. NY Nana just told me about it.

Wishing you all good things



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