Abbas' Fatah investigating reports of arms smuggling to Libya
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement said Tuesday it was investigating reports that one of its members was involved in smuggling weapons to the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, DPA reported.
Libyan opposition leaders said last week that the rebel forces seized weapons made in Israel, adding that Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Dahlan and Khalid Salam, former advisor to the late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, were involved in smuggling the weapons from Israel to Gaddafi's forces.
"This matter is under investigation," said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Abbas and Fatah spokesman. "The Central Committee will take the necessary measures as a result of these allegations."
Fatah, however, said that Dahlan's membership in its Central Committee had been suspended two months ago and that he is under internal investigation following charges that he was plotting against Abbas. Additionally, Salam had nothing to do with the movement or Palestinian issue anymore.
"The Central Committee stresses that such acts contradict its principles and the interest of the Palestinian people and its policy of non-interference in internal Arab affairs," said Abu Rudeineh.