The announcement by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is the latest in a series of bitter splits and rivalries between his Fatah party and Hamas,.
Octogenarian Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalised several times in May and his ailing health has prompted debates once again about succession and the next steps for Palestinian politics.
The arrest of Muhammed Abu Tir came barely two months after he was released from a previous 17-month sentence.
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