The internal inquiry committee, commissioned to investigate the circumstances that
allowed Hamas to conquer the Strip and headed by Tayeb al-Rahim, general secretary of the Palestinian Presidency, presented its findings to PA President Mahmoud Abbas this past Friday.
According to the committee's conclusions, the singled-out Fatah members severely damaged the party's position, image and abilities.
The committee's call to discharge those it believes share responsibility in the failures against Hamas is causing severe tensions among party members.
While the Fatah Central Committee is pressing Abbas to dismiss the alleged offenders as quickly as possible, other Gaza-based members claim that the entire party - and not only its Gaza representatives – is responsible for the failures.
The report charges some 60 senior Fatah officials in the Strip with negligence in fulfilling their positions in a way which allowed Hamas to take over government headquarters and command centers in Gaza.
After the findings were presented Friday, Abbas promised to carefully implement all the report's recommendations.