A top Palestinian security official who is related to Yasser Arafat escaped assassination late Thursday after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at his office, officials said. The explosive missed and hit a prison, wounding 10 inmates. Speculation on the attempt against Maj. Gen. Moussa Arafat focused on fellow Palestinians because residents in the Gaza area said there were no Israeli army soldiers in the vicinity. An Israeli military source called the incident an internal Palestinian matter, without elaborating. In a statement, Palestinian security said several of the injured prisoners had serious wounds. Among the inmates are suspected collaborators with Israel and criminals. Arafat’s office is in a compound that includes the central prison and security offices. Arafat, a cousin of the Palestinian leader, was not in his office at the time. Full Story
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