Qorei rules out dissolution of Fatah
CAIRO: Palestinian premier Ahmed Qorei ruled out any move to dissolve an armed group linked to his mainstream Fatah movement, in comments published on Sunday, despite his campaign for a halt to anti-Israeli attacks.
“The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades form part of Fatah and will not be dissolved, they will be integrated in the institutions of Fatah,” Qorei told the London-based Arabic-language daily Asharq al-Awsat.
The future of the hard-line group, which has carried out a number of attacks embarrassing to the Palestinian leadership, has come to the fore in recent weeks. Qorei last week announced the establishment of a special commission to look into the complaints of the Brigades’ militants, many of whom live under constant threat of imprisonment or even assassination by Israel.
While continuing to publicly voice loyalty to Palestinian leader and Fatah founder Yasser Arafat, many Brigade members privately voiced disillusion with the leadership and its push to demilitarise the nearly four-year-old Palestinian uprising. afp