Moussa Arafat Killed

Moussa Arafat, nephew of the late Palestinian strongman Yasser Arafat, was killed today by Palestinian gunmen. Arafat was a chief rival of Palestinian Authority leader Abu Mazen. Debka reports:
Before dawn Wednesday, Sept 7, dozens of armed Palestinians burst into the home of the former chief of Palestinian military intelligence, nephew of the late Yasser Arafat and one of Abu Mazen’s main opponents. They killed him after a gun battle with his bodyguards.

According to some reports the gang abducted his son. The assassination of one of Gaza’s strongmen marks the onset of the Gaza Strip's armed contest for power between the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and the Popular Committees, which were part of Arafat’s power base. Reprisals are expected.

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