Monday, August 15, 2005

DEBKAfile : Abu Mazen’s emissary: Palestinians “right of return” from Lebanon starts in Gaza

August 13, 2005, 11:12 PM (GMT+02:00)

Senior member of the Fatah central committee, Abu Zaki, told a news conference in Beirut Saturday, August 13: Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon have priority over other Palestinians to return to Gaza after Israel’s pullout.

On a mission to Lebanon on behalf of the Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Zaki made three more points:

1. Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza without stipulating the right to oversee incoming and exiting traffic opens the way for Palestinians to realize their “right of return.”

2. It is out of the question for the Palestinians of the Ein Hilwa and Mia Mia camps near Sidon and Rashidiya near Tyre to give up their arms in keeping with demands from the Bush administration.

3. The Palestinian militias in Lebanon will be shipped by sea to the Gaza Strip. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Zaki was referring to a 3,000-strong Palestinian militia among which Hizballah and al Qaeda elements are embedded with their commander, Col. Mounir Maqdah.

In the name of Abu Mazen, Zaki promoted Brig. Sultan Abu al-Aynayan, from head of Palestinian forces in Ein Hilwa to supreme Palestinian commander in Lebanon.

Zaki is in Lebanon to execute the understandings Abu Mazen reached with Lebanese prime minister Dr. Fouad Siniora in Beirut on July 27.


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