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Jenin mayor attacked by men wielding iron pipes

Men were incensed after authorities demolished a part of their building last month

Gulf News

Ramallah: A group of men carrying iron pipes attacked the car of mayor of Jenin, a town in the northern West Bank.

Mohammad Abu Ghali was inspecting the city’s fruits and vegetables market on Wednesday with his wife when the incident occurred.

The mayor and his wife sustained minor injuries.

Palestinian authorities have issued arrest warrants for at least three of the men involved in the attack.

The men were apparently owners of a building that was partly demolished by the town’s municipal authorities last month.

Authorities claim part of the building was unlicensed.

Firas Abu Al Wafa, who heads the Fatah Movement in Jenin, condemned the assault and said more security detail for officials was needed.

Employees of Jenin Municipality were striking on Thursday and pledged to remain on strike until all the attackers were arrested.

Mohammad Samaan, of Jenin Municipality, told Gulf News that public servants felt unsafe unless the perpetrators were put behind bars.