The sources said Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades have been dismantled
although members remain in contact, Middle East Newsline reported. They said all but about 20 Fatah
fighters have been either absorbed into the PA security forces, retired or
granted amnesty by Israel.
"Al Aqsa still takes responsibility for attacks, but they are conducted
by individuals not as a group," the source said.
The sources said Fatah sold some of its weapons to the PA over the last
two years. But they said the lion's share was concealed, mostly in the
northern West Bank.
Several hundred of the Fatah fighters were hired by PA security forces,
many of them by the Preventive Security Apparatus. The sources said many of
those recruited were not assigned any duties, although they earn about $500
Fatah, however, was said to retain close ties to several PA security
agencies. They were identified as PSA and the General Intelligence Services.
Moreover, the heads of the six main security agencies were all members
of the Fatah Revolutionary Council. They were identified as National
Security Forces commander Diab Al Ali, Civil Police chief Hazem Atallah,
Presidential Guard commander Munir Zubi, PSA director Ziad Al Rih, GIS
commander Majid Faraj and Military Intelligence chief Nidal Abu Dhukhan.