Fatah establishes new militia

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 | 
Fatah, the military wing of the Palestinian Authority (PA), has decided to establish a “popular army” to help the PA maintain order after Israel evacuates the Gaza Strip. After several days of “training,” recruits will be able to join the new army. The decision to establish another armed militia came from Farouk Kaddoumi, chairman of Fatah’s central committee, who plans to move from Tunis to Gaza after the Israeli withdrawal. But the PA is less than happy with the decision, claiming that there’s no need for another militia. Some believe Kaddoumi’s decision stems from his less-than-ideal relationship with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

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