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: "Hani al-Hassan, a former interior minister in the Palestinian Authority, escaped an assassination attempt on his life Tuesday night when a group of masked men fired several shots at him during a visit to Nablus.
Hassan, who is a member of the Fatah central committee, was not hurt. Sources in the city said the assailants belonged to Fatah's armed wing, Aksa Martyrs Brigades.
Hassan had arrived in Nablus to discuss preparations for next January's parliamentary elections. The attack took place as he was preparing to meet with local Fatah leaders to discuss the vote.
The Aksa Martyrs Brigades have issued several threats against Hassan in the past, accusing him of suspending their salaries when he served as interior minister under Yasser Arafat.
The group also warned Hassan against entering Nablus, saying its members would not hesitate to attack him.
The assassination attempt is yet another sign of growing tensions in the ruling Fatah party ahead of the parliamentary elections. The party has been witnessing a bitter power struggle between veteran leaders who came with Arafat from Tunis in 1994 and grassroots activists from the West Bank and Gaza Strip representing the young guard."