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PLO cancels funds to DFLP faction, a day after targeting PFLP

April 12, 2016 4:45 P.M. (Updated: April 13, 2016 2:10 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said Tuesday the PLO had canceled the faction's funding,a day after it halted funding to the PFLP allegedly for criticizing President Mahmoud Abbas.

Sources in the DFLP, who spoke on condition of anonymity, condemned the decision, saying it was also due to the factions' critical stance towards the current governance in Palestine.

On Monday, Abbas ordered the cancellation of funds allocated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), another left-wing faction member to the PLO.

Kayed al-Ghoul, a PFLP leader, told Ma'an on Monday they believed the suspension of funds was related to recent remarks by some PFLP figures calling for Abbas to resign.

Al-Ghoul added that Abbas had previously cut funds to the PFLP for "political opposition."

The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority has come under increased public criticism in recent years over allegations of corruption and its ongoing security coordination with Israel.

A number of factions -- mainly Hamas -- have accused the PA of working with Israeli authorities to quash resistance against the occupation, with Hamas last week slamming the PA for allegedly detaining Palestinians on Israel’s behalf.

In a recent interview broadcast by the Israeli Channel 2, Abbas reiterated his commitment to the Palestinian Authority's security coordination with Israel, arguing that it was a major factor in curbing Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets.

The interview was met with outrage from across the Palestinian political spectrum.
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