GAZA CITY Ñ The nephew of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser
Arafat, who serves as security chief in the Gaza Strip, was the target
of a car bombing late Tuesday.
Palestinian sources said PA security chief Mussa Arafat was in a convoy
that was struck by a car bombing. The sources said Arafat
left PA military intelligence headquarters in Gaza City when the blast
Arafat was said to have survived the attack. Palestinian sources said at
least one pedestrian was injured.
It was the first time Arafat was the target of a car bombing. Arafat has
been the focus of a campaign by dissidents of the ruling Fatah movement, who
have charged the military intelligence chief with corruption and brutality.
Nobody issued a claim of responsibility after the bombing. Palestinian
sources said the most likely suspects were Fatah dissidents.
In July, the PA chairman appointed Mussa head of PA security forces in
the Gaza Strip. Several days later, the chairman rescinded his appointment
after widespread protests within Fatah, including attacks on PA police
On Wednesday, Imad Kawasmeh, head of the Hamas military wing Izadin Al
Kassam in the West Bank town of Hebron, surrendered to Israeli troops after
they ambushed his warehouse hideout. Kawasmeh is suspected of planning the
August 31 suicide bus bombings in the southern city of Beer Sheva that
killed 16 people and planning and implementing other attacks in which
civilans and soldiers were killed.