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Dismissed Fatah leaders look to reform movement from outside

A group of Fatah leaders who were dismissed by President Mahmoud Abbas for having allegiances to Mohammed Dahlan called for the formation of a committee of Fatah elders to end the division plaguing the movement.
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - JULY 13:  In this handout photo provided by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) meets with the Central Committee of the Fatah movement July 13, 2014 in Ramallah, West Bank. The total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip since Monday has reached 166, according to a Palestinian Health Ministry official.  (Photo by Thaer Ghanaim/PPO via Getty Images)
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A number of Fatah leaders, namely Jamal al-Tirawi and Najat Abu Bakr, who were dismissed from the movement at the end of October on the grounds of having other allegiances, have called for the formation of a committee of Fatah elders to try to re-boost the movement, reunite it and thwart any exclusionary decisions by the movement’s seventh conference scheduled for Nov. 29.

This call comes in tandem with Fatah’s official announcement of the seventh conference and its cutting of salaries of the staff supporting dismissed leader Mohammed Dahlan, as well as the outbreak of clashes between the security forces and some armed members in camps in the West Bank in protest of the movement’s dismissal decision.

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