Last updated: 4 September, 2014

Palestinian deputy speaker says gunmen shot at him

The Palestinian parliament’s deputy speaker, an independent supported by Hamas, said he was shot at by unidentified gunmen Thursday as he drove near his home in the northern West Bank.

Hassan Khraisheh, who was unhurt, told AFP five rounds hit his car just a couple of hundred metres (yards) from his home in Tulkarem.

The deputy speaker, who has been an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority headed by president Mahmud Abbas, said he was informed an investigation was underway.

Tulkarem Mayor Abdullah Kmeil confirmed that.

The city is under full Palestinian security control in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Palestinian security officials were not immediately available for comment.