A scathing report handed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Fatah officials and members of the security forces should be held to account for the fall of the territory to Hamas Islamists last month. Many security officers now look set to face court martial.
A large number have already been demoted according to senior presidential aide Nabil Amr, who was on the investigative committee. The report, he explained, found serious problems within the security forces including nepotism and infiltration by hostile elements.
On Thursday, the Palestinian president accepted the resignation of his national security adviser Mohammad Dahlan. Absent for medical treatment during the rout, he is not expected to face disciplinary action. EuroNews has spoken to one of the Fatah commanders who was there during the fighting.
Speaking anonymously, he said there was total confusion on the day of June 14. By 4pm, he said that the military command had gone. “We had all left our positions. There was so much confusion that we were shooting at each other.” The Palestinian president wants to learn lessons from the experience with a view to reforming his Fatah movement.
A week of factional fighting in Gaza left over 100 people dead. Hamas Islamists seized control of the territory, prompting Abbas to dismiss the government led by the group and appoint a new cabinet.