Turkey is offering a reward of $1.75 million for information leading to the capture of Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan, Reuters reported Friday.
The announcement by Turkey’s Interior Ministry said Dahlan has been added to the country’s “red list” of its Most Wanted terror suspects.
Dahlan is accused of playing a role in the July 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, seeking to change the constitutional order by force and various espionage charges, the ministry said. He has also recently criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Formerly an elected member of the Fatah central committee, Dahlan is a fierce foe of the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza which has also forged close ties with Turkey’s president, and which has established an international headquarters in Istanbul.
Dahlan was driven out of the Palestinian Authority by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas in 2011, who became increasingly threatened by the former security chief’s rising political popularity in the Arab street.
Dahlan’s Democratic Reform Party in Fatah condemned Turkey’s move. The group issuing a statement saying it viewed the decision by Ankara as a “paid incitement to . . . assassinate Palestinian leader Mohammed Dahlan, and announced its intentions to prosecute Erdogan’s regime inside and outside of Turkey,” Reuters reported.