Fatah meeting in Gaza targeted by gunmen, 10 injured

Published July 4th, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Hamas and Fatah officials discuss reconciliation in Gaza. (AFP/file)
Hamas and Fatah officials discuss reconciliation in Gaza. (AFP/file)

Ten Fatah-affiliated Palestinians were injured on Sunday when unidentified gunmen attacked a meeting for the political party’s internal elections in the eastern Gaza Strip.

A Fatah leader in the besieged Gaza Strip in charge of the internal elections, Nayif Khuweitir, told Ma’an that the voting process started at 1 p.m at Moonlight Hall in the al-Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City and went on “smoothly” for about two hours.

At around 3 p.m, he said, gunmen attacked the election center with firearms, sharp weapons, and bats.

Khuweitir identified one of the injured as Hussein Khuweitir, who received a gunshot to the foot and a stab wound to the head.

Fatah leadership in the Gaza Strip denounced the attack, describing it as “unrepresentative” of the values of Fatah and the Palestinian people. Such behavior, a statement by Fatah added, serves only “enemies of the Palestinian national project,” and those who don’t want Fatah movement to progress.

The statement did not give more details about the attackers, but implied that a breakaway faction of the Fatah movement was behind the attack.

The most prominent former Fatah leader is Muhammad Dahlan, who was Fatah’s leading figure in the Gaza Strip before 2007. Dahlan was excluded from Fatah in 2011 over allegations of being involved in the death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and in high-level corruption.

The Fatah statement did not say that it suspected Dahlan supporters of being behind Sunday’s attack.

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