Fatah denies involving in north Sinai clashes

10:22, July 31, 2011      

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The Fatah party denied Saturday any involvement in deadly clashes in northern Sinai.

"Fatah doesn't allow any hand in Egyptian national security in any way," said Amin Maqboul, a senior member of Fatah.

Five people were killed and 12 others injured in Arish city in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula in clashes between masked men and police on Friday.

Israeli media claimed that militants loyal to Mohammed Dahlan, a Fatah general in deep rift with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, of being behind the clashes.

Maqboul said that Dahlan is no longer affiliated with Fatah.

On Thursday, pro-Abbas forces raided Dahlan's house in the West Bank city of Ramallah and arrested his guards before Dahlan managed to leave for Jordan.

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