RAMALLAH, July 1 (JMCC) - A Palestinian lawmaker was shot and injured by unknown assailants Sunday, increasing tensions in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, reported the
Lawmaker Shami al-Shami said he was shot as he got out of his car about 1:30 a.m. He said eight bullets were fired at him, including one that hit the side mirror as he opened the car door. He said he ran for cover and then noticed he had been hit twice in the right thigh.
Al-Shami, a member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, said he did not know why he was targeted and that he did not recognize the assailants.
Jenin has been held up as a model for Palestinian security forces, although recent violence has marred this portrayal. The instability began with the murder of a theater director last year and has most recently expanded into a security crackdown.