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Palestinian Authority targets Dahlan’s supporters in West Bank

Supporters of the exiled Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan appear to be taking the brunt of the Fatah leadership's anger, with rounds of political arrests.
RAMALLAH, -:  Palestinians hold a banner showing late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (L) and Fatah MP Mohammed Dahlan during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah 11 January 2007, to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Fatah movement. Thousands of flag-waving chanting supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party poured into central Ramallah for a second rally in less than a week aimed at staging a show of force agains the ruling Hamas movement. AFP PHOTO/PEDRO UGARTE  (Photo credit shou

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian security services in the West Bank have been clamping down in recent days on supporters of the so-called Democratic Reform Current led by dismissed Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan, who is based in the United Arab Emirates.

An unspecified number of the movement’s supporters were arrested during the past few days. These include Haitham al-Halabi from the city of Jericho, who is one of the founders of the Preventive Security Service and a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council in Nablus.

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