2 men arrested for 'attempt' to attack Fatah spokesman in Egypt
Published Wednesday 19/03/2014 (updated) 21/03/2014 15:56
Ahmad Assaf (MaanImages/file)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces arrested two people on Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to assault Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf in Cairo, Fatah said.
"Assaf filed an official complaint to the Egyptian authorities about the crime of attempting to assault him," Fatah said in a statement.
Two unidentified men were arrested and taken to Abdeen Police station in Cairo on suspicion of attempting to assault Assaf while he was on his way to a press conference, the statement added.
The men had reportedly received orders to carry out the attack from dismissed Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, Fatah claimed.
The reported attempt comes amid a public spat between the controversial figure and Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
Dahlan said in an interview on Egyptian television on Sunday that Abbas' rule had been a "catastrophe" for Palestine. Abbas had earlier accused Dahlan of having ordered six murders while a security official and suggested he may have been involved in Yasser Arafat's death.
Abbas dismissed Dahlan -- who was accused of engineering a coup with US support that led to a counter-coup by Hamas in the Gaza Strip in 2007 -- from Fatah's central committee in 2010. He had previously been in charge of the security forces in Gaza.