Fayyad dismisses Blackwater allegations

Published today 22:15

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Sunday dismissed allegations the PA was colluding with US security group Blackwater.

Fayyad told Ma’an that the US hired the private security firm to protect senior American figures in the West Bank and Israel.

He said the contract was assigned by the US to a consortium of three specialist companies, one of which was previously called Blackwater and has a branch in Israel.

The PA was not involved in the process, the prime minister said. Blackwater guards were hired to work for US figures and would not be involved with PA forces.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Thursday that the arrival of US security personnel in the West Bank meant Palestinians were “under double attack.”

The move reflected the “multinational authority” governing the West Bank and “confirmed the existence of US-Israel security cooperation,” he added.

Maan News Agency: Fayyad dismisses Blackwater allegations.

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