Former Palestinian military prosecutor shot dead in West Bank house
A senior Palestinian Authority security official was shot dead in his home on Friday by unknown assailants.
The victim, Ekrima Muhanna, was previously the chief military prosecutor of the Palestinian Authority. Prior to her death, Muhanna worked as a legal adviser to the Security Services Finance Office, which handles salaries and purchases of the multi-pronged device.
“Preliminary information indicates that unknown armed men shot at him inside his house in Deir Ghusun near Tulkarm, which resulted in his death, and they immediately fled the scene,” the major general said. Talal Dweikat, spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority security forces. a statement to the official WAFA news agency.
Tulkarm governor Essam Abu Bakr, himself a former interior minister, urged Palestinians to wait for the investigation before drawing any conclusions.
Abu Bakr nevertheless speculated that Muhanna was killed for reasons other than his job, pointing out that the killing took place inside his home.
âWhat happened to him was not related to his job. The incident was clearly motivated by personal reasons, âAbu Bakr said on a phone call.
The West Bank has seen an increase in violence over the past year, with crime increasing by around 40% from last year, according to official figures.
Palestinian Authority police spokesman Louay Irzeqiat said last week that all kinds of violence – homicides, violent crimes, domestic violence and assaults – had increased compared to 2020.
As of mid-July, some 22 Palestinians had been violently killed so far this year, up from 13 last July, Irzeiqat said, an increase of 69%. Since then, two other Palestinians, including Muhanna, have died in suspected killings.
Abu Bakr, however, said things were under control in his governorate.
âWe do not have a security vacuum in our governorate. The situation is under control. We don’t have a situation where suspects known to be criminals roam free – they just don’t, âhe said.