Disgraced Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan has visited Cairo for a meeting with the Egyptian coup leader and defence minister, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. According to Amad website, which is close to UAE resident Dahlan, “credible sources” claimed that the meeting was to discuss ways to facilitate the siege of the Gaza Strip. Other, undisclosed, items were also on the agenda.
The latest information follows a tweet by Al-Jazeera presenter Ahmed Mansour claiming that Dahlan is currently living in Egypt and takes part in running internal Egyptian affairs. Dahlan, said Mansour, is preparing to topple the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.
Mohamed Dahlan was elected as a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) for Fatah in 2006. He cooperated with several parties, including the US administration, to end Hamas rule in the Palestinian territories after it swept to victory in the election, winning the majority of seats in the PLC.
Protected by the Israeli occupation authorities, he succeeded in the West Bank, but failed in the Gaza Strip. Later on, he was dismissed from Fatah over disputes with PA President Mahmoud Abbas. After his move to the UAE, he has been linked with parties hostile to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey’s Justice and Development Party.