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Increased demands from within Fatah to dismiss Hamdallah

Tension prevailed over ties between some Fatah members and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, particularly since Ahmed Halawa was beaten to death by security forces in Nablus, which prompted many Fatah leaders to demand that Hamdallah be dismissed from his post.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (C) stands inside The Dome of the Rock during his visit to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount during the holy month of Ramadan in Jerusalem's Old City June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RTX2GWWH
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — On Aug. 23, former Fatah leader Ahmed Abu al-Ezz Halawa was beaten to death by Palestinian security forces in Nablus, in the northern West Bank. His killing has sparked anger against the government, which was reflected in thousands of people, including Fatah leaders and members, taking part in his funeral Aug. 28. During the funeral, slogans were chanted against Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Nablus Governor Akram Rajoub, calling for their dismissal from their posts. This stance was also endorsed by Halawa’s family and a number of Fatah leaders.

Fatah member of parliament Najat Abu Bakr, who took part in the funeral, told Al-Monitor, “Fatah has serious reservations on the government's performance and practices, the latest of which was the killing of Halawa.” She added, “Halawa’s wife told me in person that Hamdallah is primarily responsible for the killing of her husband.”

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