Turkey announces bounty for Palestinian strongman Dahlan

Turkey said on Friday that it would offer a four million lira ($700,000) bounty for information leading to the capture of former Palestinian official Mohammad Dahlan, who lives in exile in the United Arab Emirates.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu told Hürriyet daily that Dahlan would be placed on the most-wanted terrorists list.

Ankara accuses Dahlan of providing financial support to the Gülen movement for a failed coup attempt in 2016, and playing a role in the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year in Istanbul in the Saudi consulate. 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu last month accused the UAE of harbouring a terrorist. “(Dahlan) fled to you because he is an agent of Israel,” the Times of Israel quoted the minister as saying to Al Jazeera.

Dahlan, the former leader of the Palestinian Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip, fell out of favour when his forces were overpowered by the Hamas in 2007.

Relations between Turkey and the Emirates have been strained since mid-2017, after Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE placed Qatar under a blockade. The UAE is uncomfortable with Turkey’s support to Qatar and groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.