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Unrest in Fatah after Abbas discharges senior member

Dec. 19, 2013 4:21 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 21, 2013 10:50 A.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- A Fatah official on Thursday denied reports that hundreds of the movement's members had submitted their resignations in protest of President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to discharge lawmaker Jamal Abu al-Rub from Fatah after he assaulted another executive committee member Wednesday.

Fatah secretary-general in the Jenin district Ata Abu Rmeila told Ma'an that Fatah's leadership in Jenin had not received any resignation letters.

He added that a general meeting would be held Thursday in Jenin to discuss the consequences of Abbas' decision and the attack on Jibril Rajoub, a member of Fatah's executive committee.

"Fatah has a deep-rooted history which nobody can bury," he said.

Locals in the Jenin town of Qabatia, the hometown of Abu al-Rub, told Ma'an Wednesday that all members of Fatah in the town had submitted their resignations in protest of Abbas' decision.

"There will be no Fatah in Qabatia anymore. ... Fatah in Qabatia is resigning in response to the expulsion of Jamal Abu al-Rub," secretary-general of Fatah in Qabatia Mahmoud Zakarna said Wednesday.

The decision to submit collective resignations was taken after 200 registered members of Fatah met at the offices of Qabatia's municipal council, a Ma'an reporter said at the time.

Abu al-Rub attacked central committee member Rajoub at Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah on Wednesday, witnesses said.

Witnesses intervened and prevented Rajoub from fighting back.

Abu al-Rub reportedly attacked Rajoub in retaliation to an attack on him a month ago by one of Rajoub's security guards.
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