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Gunshots fired at home of former Nablus mayor

June 1, 2016 1:39 P.M. (Updated: June 1, 2016 1:39 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Unidentified gunmen fired at the house of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official and former Nablus mayor Ghassan al-Shakaa after midnight Tuesday, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an.

The security sources said that rounds were shot from a hilltop facing the house in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Windows were broken and several shots hit furniture inside the house, but nobody was hurt.

The sources confirmed that al-Shakaa was at home when the attack happened.

Large numbers of security officers arrived and started manhunt after the attackers.

Al-Shakaa was part of an official Palestinian delegation who visited the family of Munir Ammar, the head of the Israeli army's Civil Administration in the Druze-majority village of Julis in northern Israel in March to offer condolences after Ammar died in plane crash.

Al-Shakaa said at the time that the visit was personal due to his family relations with Ammar prior to his nomination at the head of the Civil Administration, the Israeli entity responsible for the management of the Palestinian population in Area C in the occupied West Bank in coordination with the PA.

The official Palestinian visit caused controversy among Palestinians, who have criticized the Palestinian Authority for appearing to work too closely with Israel, effectively enabling its nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory.
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