The Palestinian Embassy in Algeria confirmed Wednesday that three Palestinians, wielding knives, attempted to assassinate the Palestinian ambassador, Hussein Abdul-Khaleq, this last Monday, the Al Quds newspaper reported.In its statement, the Embassy said that what happened on Monday was an assassination attempt “carried out by a group of outlaws and murderers”.

It added that the attackers entered the embassy on an ordinary work day claiming to be there to file official applications.

The embassy further stated that the attackers proceeded to the office of the ambassador attacked him with knives. The attackers clashed with embassy personnel and fled the scene.

In its statement, the embassy slammed the attack and described it as an isolated incident that has nothing to do with the Palestinian people and their struggle.

On Tuesday, several media outlets in Algeria and Palestine stated that the attack appears to be “a message to president Mahmoud Abbas who ordered all payments stopped to former employees who are still to receiving salaries despite the fact that they stopped working for the embassy”.

The Al Quds said that the attackers are three Palestinians, members of the Fateh movement of President Mahmoud Abbas, and that “the three fled from Gaza in 2007”.

According to Al Quds, the three are members of the Preventive Security Forces that were controlled by Fateh leader, Mohammad Dahlan.