Former Hamas minister shot dead in ‘assassination attempt’ in West Bank

Former Hamas minister shot dead in ‘assassination attempt’ in West Bank

Palestinian police said unknown assailants shot dead an official linked to Hamas rulers in Gaza on Friday in the West Bank.

Nasser al-Shaer, who was Hamas Deputy Prime Minister for a year and a half after the terrorist group won the last Palestinian election in 2006, was hospitalized with gunshot wounds to his legs.

Photos on social media showed a car he was reportedly driving in which was riddled with bullet holes in the driver’s door.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the shooting and ordered an investigation.

According to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, he also called al-Shaer and wished him a speedy recovery.

Hamas, which routed pro-Abbas troops in the Gaza Strip in 2007, denounced the shooting as an “assassination attempt” and called on its rival Fatah movement to stop inciting hatred against Hamas.

Gaza has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007, when Hamas seized power in the coastal strip.

Repeated attempts to reconcile Abbas’ Palestinian Authority, which controls parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and the militant Hamas rulers in Gaza have failed.

Al-Shaer also works as an academic at An-Najah University in the city of Nablus.

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