Gaza – PA foreign minister Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar on Sunday survived an assassination attempt at the hands of armed elements affiliated with the Fatah Movement and the Force-17, both under the direct command PA chief Mahmoud Abbas, according to the ministry.
Taher Al-Nunu, the ministry spokesman, said that a number of snipers were deployed around the ministry’s premises and started shooting at Zahhar’s motorcade immediately after he left the ministry.
He added that Zahhar proceeded with his car unharmed while shooting continued at the ministry blocking the departure of employees.
The new assassination attempt followed a similar one targeting PA premier Ismail Haneyya at Rafah terminal on Thursday evening on his return from a tour that killed one of his bodyguards and wounded his son and his political advisor.
Hamas accused Fatah MP and former head of the notorious preventive security apparatus Mohammed Dahlan of orchestrating the attempt.