The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday that it has launched an investigation
into the circumstances surrounding the death of Jenin Gov. Kadoura
The 60-year-old Musa died of a heart attack early Wednesday shortly
after unidentified gunmen opened fire at his house in the city.
was hurt in the pre-dawn attack, which was apparently carried out by disgruntled
Fatah gunmen from the Jenin refugee camp, residents told The Jerusalem
Tensions have been mounting over the past few months between the PA
and the gunmen from the refugee camp, the residents said.
out that a number of gunmen recently opened fire at PA security officers who
tried to arrest Fatah activists inside the camp.
Last month, PA policemen
shot and killed a local man who was wanted for a series of criminal
Hussein al-Araj, director of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s
bureau, confirmed that the governor’s house had been attacked with gunfire. He
said that following the incident, Musa suffered a massive heart attack that led
to his immediate death.
Before his death, the governor joined PA
policemen who conducted a manhunt in a bid to capture the assailants, Araj
During the chase, Musa complained of severe pain in the chest and
was rushed to Martyr Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin, where he was pronounced
PA leaders strongly condemned the shooting incident and vowed to
punish the culprits.
Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a senior aide to Abbas, blamed
the attackers for Musa’s death and accused them of working to restore anarchy
and lawlessness to Jenin.
The PA security forces have been instructed to
use an iron fist against anyone who breaks the law and tampers with residents’
security, he said.
Abdel Rahim said that lawlessness only serve the
interests of Israel.
Musa, he added, was leading the fight against
lawlessness and criminals; and for that he paid with his life.
Musa was a
senior Fatah member who spent 12 years in Israeli prison in the 1970s and 1980s.
He was appointed governor of Jenin in 2004.
Musa has been credited with
restoring law and order in Jenin, and was known for his relentless efforts to
restrain Fatah gangs in Jenin and the nearby refugee camp. He was also known for
his iron fist policy against Hamas and Islamic Jihad members.