PA Works with Fatah Armed Groups after Ending Coordination with Israel

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Palestinian Authority security forces have stepped up their cooperation with the Tanzim and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades armed groups that belong to Fatah in the West Bank, a Fatah official confirmed on Thursday. The cooperation began shortly after the outbreak of the coronavirus in the West Bank in early March, when PA security forces sought assistance in enforcing lockdowns in Palestinian areas. Following Abbas' decision to halt security coordination with Israel, the PA security forces stopped operating in Area B, which is jointly controlled by Israel and the PA. This enabled members of the Tanzim and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to increase their activities in these areas. A senior Tanzim member in al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem, said PA security commanders "told us that Palestinian security officers would assist the Tanzim members, but without appearing in their uniforms because there's no security coordination with the Israelis."

2020-06-12 00:00:00

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