Ramallah: Palestinian police
raided the West Bank home of a rival of President Mahmoud
Abbas on Thursday, deepening a feud that has shaken the upper ranks
of the ruling Fatah Party.
The raid targeted Mohammed Dahlan, a former security
chief in the Gaza Strip who was expelled from Fatah in June
because of his repeated criticism of the President.
A Dahlan aide said police arrested 23 guards and
assistants, and confiscated 16 guns, a computer and two
The troops then circled Dahlan`s home but didn`t
detain him. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because
he wasn`t authorized to talk to the media.
Adnan Dameri, spokesman of the Palestinian Interior
Ministry, said the guns and security guards were illegal. "No
one can hire guards with guns without having the approval" of
the government, he said.
Dahlan was widely blamed by colleagues for the 2007
loss of Gaza to Fatah`s rivals, the militant Hamas, when he
was the security chief in the strip.
He has also been accused of illegally enriching
himself through corruption.
He and Abbas have been feuding since Dahlan criticized
the Palestinian leader in meetings with activists several