Thursday, May 28
Latest News
  1. Etihad profits soar 52 percent on expansion, more passengers
  2. Cyprus holds Lebanese man over possible bomb material
  3. Two Saudi border guards die in Yemen shelling
  4. Catholic Church says withdrawing support for Burundi elections
  5. Libya issues warning after PM escapes assassination
  6. Nebraska becomes 19th US state to halt death penalty
  7. Referendum to ask should Britain 'remain' member of EU
  8. US army says 22 possibly exposed to anthrax at S. Korea base
  9. Minister: Malaysia believes 139 bodies in migrant graves
  10. Chief of Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate pledges no attacks on the West
  11. Syrian soldiers tell of harrowing escape from besieged hospital
  12. Blatter ally AFC opposes FIFA vote delay
  13. Libya issues warning after PM escapes assassination
  14. Coalition raids on rebels in Yemen capital kill 43
  15. EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers
  16. Official: Bangladesh plans to move thousands of Rohingya to island
  17. Iraq forces in Anbar push, stir over operation codename
  18. Brother urges Iran to free reporter held on 'laughable' charges
  19. Yemeni pleads guilty in New York to Al-Qaeda conspiracy
  20. UN seeks new date for Yemen talks

Palestinian National Council denounces PFLP-GC leader over Syria

Dec. 18, 2012 12:32 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 18, 2012 4:57 P.M.)
Correction appended

AMMAN, Jordan (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian National Council on Tuesday denounced faction leader Ahmad Jibril over his role in involving Palestinians in the conflict in Syria.

In a message to President Mahmoud Abbas, the PNC denounced Jibril as in 1983 when he bombarded Yasser Arafat and Abu Jihad forces while they were besieged in Tripoli.

Jibril, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, is accused of dragging Palestinians into the conflict despite a decision by the Palestinian leadership that Palestinians must not intervene in internal Syrian affairs.

The PNC in its 1984 session suspended the membership of Jibril and other leaders of the PFLP-GC after he fought late President Yasser Arafat in Tripoli a year earlier.

Thus, the PNC will address the case of Jibril in the first future meeting in order to expel him and all others who contributed to the killing of Palestinians.

Expulsion would be based on article 73 of the PNC's internal law.

Thousands of Palestinians have fled Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus amid weeks of fighting between rebels, backed by some Palestinian fighters, and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The camp has come under heavy jet and artillery fire by the Syrian regime.

Jibril's PFLP-GC has fought alongside Assad's forces, but rebels say many PFLP-GC fighters have defected to join them. Jibril left the camp days ago, rebel sources said.

Syrian rebels said Monday they had taken full control of the camp, on the southern edge of Assad's Damascus powerbase.

"All of the camp is under the control of the (rebel) Free Syrian Army," said a Palestinian activist in Yarmouk. He said clashes had stopped and the remaining PFLP-GC fighters retreated to join Assad's forces massed on the northern edge of the camp.

The PNC said it feared government troops would storm the camp and commit massacres, and called on the UN and the international community to intervene and provide urgent assistance to refugees.

The council has written to the Arab Parliamentary Union, the Arab Parliament and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, as well as the Council of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and a number of European parliaments warning of the urgency of the situation.

Jibril's alliance with Assad has caused divisions within PFLP-GC and the resignation of several central committee members, who have criticized the group's leader for arming Palestinians.

A previous version said the PNC expelled Jibril. In fact, it condemned his role in Syria and said it would seek to expel him during its next meeting.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015