The sources said the 50-year-old Dahlan has left the West Bank for
neighboring Jordan, Middle East Newsline reported. In November, Dahlan, a member of the Fatah Central
Committee, moved his family from Ramallah to the Jordanian capital of Amman
after a PA decision to reduce security around his home.
Dahlan has denied the alleged coup plot. He said the PA crackdown
was in response to his criticism of policy, particularly negotiations with
The sources said Abbas, as head of Fatah, threatened to strip Dahlan of
all positions in the ruling movement. They said Abbas has ordered the
dismissal of at least of 50 PA security officers believed aligned to Dahlan.
One of those dismissed was Yusef Issa Yaakoub, deputy commander of the
General Intelligence Services.
On Jan. 3, the Fatah Central Committee said Dahlan had been suspended
because of coup allegations. A committee statement said the suspension would
continue "until the inquiry committee has finished its job."
Dahlan was said to have garnered support within Fatah, including the
Central Committee. The chairman of the Fatah investigating committee, Abu
Mahar Ghaneim, has already resigned.
"These reports are humiliating to the Fatah movement," Dahlan said in
interviews to the Arab media. "Accusing me of conspiring against Abbas is
Dahlan's chief aide, Mutaz Khadeir, was also arrested by the PA. The
sources said Khadeir was arrested in Ramallah on Dec. 31 for what was termed