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PRC spokesperson Abdel Al
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
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Palestinian group: Egyptian arms will be used against Israel

Popular Resistance Committees says arms transferred to Abbas' Fatah will be used against Israel, saying Fatah operatives will channel arms to other groups

The Popular Resistance Committees on Thursday warned that arms transferred by Egypt to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement will reach its operatives who will use them against Israel.


"We vow to show the Israelis very soon the weapons they lately channeled to the Presidential Guards and to the security services will be directed against the occupation," Muhammad Abdel Al, a spokesperson for the group said.


With Israeli consent, Egypt transferred 2,000 rifles and 20,000 magazines to Fatah through the Gaza-Egypt border in a bid to counter Hamas' armament drive.


"In all the security services, including in the Presidential Guard, there are activists affiliated with all the Palestinian groups, including ours, and Hamas," he said.


He added that the members of the security services are known to have sold weapons to Palestinian armed factions.


"We vow that there will be no use (of these arms) in a civil war, as we promise that should these arms reach us we will use them against the occupation and the Zionist enemy," he said.


"In all the apparatuses, including in the Presidential Guards, no moves and no information is kept secret from us. We, Hamas and other groups have activists in all the apparatuses. I tell you more than that. At least a third of the workforce in security apparatuses are affiliated with resistance movements," he said.


Abdel Al said that his group, as well as Hamas, has been aware for a while of Fatah preparations for a possible confrontation with other armed groups and for Israeli plans to send arms to Abbas.


"An officer in the Presidential Guards approached me personally and said that he and his associates are not involved in confrontations that erupted lately between the Presidential Guard and Hamas," he said.


'We are ready' 

He added that his group is aware of plans to rid the Presidential Guards of Hamas affiliates.


"But we have prepared and ordered our people to be vigilant and avoid being exposed," he said.


"The enemies of the Palestinian people will not push us into civil war. Although latest events look like civil war at then of the day we, other resistance groups and the majority of the security apparatuses are in the same boat, in the struggle against the occupation," he said.


פרסום ראשון: 12.28.06, 15:02
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