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.
Last week Gen. Moussa Arafat, (cousin to the Arafat) bite the dust in a bold raid on his home. This week al-Hassan and next week – who knows? Abbas must be getting very, very nervous. I know I would be. If I was Abbas, I would be doing some seriuos speculation as to where Kaddoumi is about now. Kaddoumi has promised to finally return to the Gaza Strip and bring some friends once the Israeli's left. He certainly doesn't need Israeli permission to enter Gaza as there is nothing stopping him from crossing over the beyond porous border with Egypt into Gaza.