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Murder of Musa Arafat, a military adviser to unleash a civil war in Palestine

September 7 2005
16:36

Tonight, in Gaza militant group put to death Moussa Arafat, a military adviser to Palestinian leader. Moussa Arafat was a close relative of Yasser Arafat and was dismissed from his post as head of security forces, the current leader of the Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. After that, Arafat served as security adviser.

Responsibility for the murder committed itself the Popular Resistance Committees, who shot Arafat for "attacks on Palestinian militants, killing and corruption."

Group, the Popular Resistance Committees was formed in December 2000. It consists of laid-off from the Palestinian police officers and released from the ranks of Fatah extremists.

The leader of the "Committees" - Muhammad Kamal al-Baba spent four years in an Israeli prison, where he joined the ranks of Hamas. Until 2000, al-Bab an employee of the Palestinian preventive security in Gaza. "Committees" - not the most well-known radical Palestinian organization, but in Gaza it is one of the most numerous groups.

"Committees" specialize in commando operations and support suicide bombings aimed at destroying Israel.

Experts believe that the killing of Moussa Arafat could be the beginning of the civil war in Palestine, such an opinion on Wednesday said President Middle East Institute Yevgeny Satanovsky. He believes that the elimination of the leader of a powerful clan in Gaza said that Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) seeks to take control of the Gaza Strip.

"The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which opposes the Islamists, practically decapitated. In Gaza there was a danger of" HAMASistana "- said Satanovsky." After the withdrawal of Israel to bring order to the Palestinians themselves, nobody else, "- the expert said, RIA "News."

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