Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Palestinian Balata refugee camp in Nablus denounced its association with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to a statement issued by the group.
The group said in an undated statement that carried the groups’ logo: “In the name of Fatah and in the name of Abu Ammar [Yasser Arafat], and all the martyrs and prisoners, we say that we are innocent of the PA President and Fatah leader, the traitor Mahmoud Abbas, because he represents only himself and the occupation.”
The statement added: “This is a person who does not care for more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in the hands of the occupation, but is calling for the search for the kidnapped Israelis and the prosecution of their captors.” The source of the statement could not be confirmed.
The Brigades in their statement address Abbas saying: “We ask you to talk about yourself, and if you cannot protect your people and prisoners, then go to your palace, your companies and your money outside of Palestine, which you gained at the expense of Palestine, which you abandoned along the blood of the martyrs.”
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is one of the military wings of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fatah, formed in 2000 under the command of President Yasser Arafat.