The Executive Committee of Fatah has accused former leading official Mohamed Dahlan of "assassinating" several of its members in the Gaza Strip and embezzling "millions of dollars". The accusation has been made as an anonymous Fatah official denied that President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to reconcile with Dahlan, who was thrown out of the movement because of his actions.
The Fatah official, who is close to the pro-Dahlan figures within Fatah, said that the majority of the Central Committee members, including those from the Gaza Strip, rejected a motion for Dahlan's readmission to membership. He has, it is said, been replaced on the Central Committee.
Despite Fatah's denial that Egyptian and UAE officials have been trying to reconcile Abbas and Dahlan, it is claimed that the latest dispute has arisen because such mediation efforts have failed.
Other accusations against Dahlan, who is described by security sources as a "fugitive from justice", include conspiracy with foreign sources to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Fatah's statement said that it reserves the right to pursue legal action against him.
The controversial figure is alleged, rather bizarrely, to be "serving Israel's agenda" in "harmony with the Muslim Brotherhood" and its project to "destroy" the region.