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Conflict Incident Report

Two held for plotting to kill Palestinian Figures including Ahmed Jibril

Date of incident: 
May 10, 2017
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Palestinian Civilians/Refugees
Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC)
al-Nusra Front

General Security has arrested two suspects accused of plotting to assassinate Palestinian figures, including Ahmed Jibril, the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, and his son Abu al-Omarain, in addition to other PFLP-GC figures, a media report said.

“The plot was unveiled last month, when General Security agents intercepted the phone calls of the Palestinian Nimr A. and the Syrian Abdul Qader F., who were trying to join the ranks of the al-Nusra Front group before one of them was tasked with carrying out assassinations in Lebanon,” al-Akhbar daily said.

After communicating with Nusra militants on social networking websites, Nimr was given the phone number of Abu Maria, Nusra's top official in Syria's Daraa province, who asked him to collect information about the situation of the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp and the Palestinian factions there.

“Nimr provided him with the requested information and Abu Maria asked Nimr to carry out attacks on Palestinian officials involved in the fighting alongside the Syrian regime, among them Jibril, asking him to target him during his visit to Lebanon,” al-Akhbar said.

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Classification of conflict (primary): 
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.