Middle East: Death of a West Bank Moderate

Death of a West Bank Moderate

Zafir Masri, 44, obviously suspected nothing as he strolled from his home to the municipal offices in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday. Then, as the prominent Palestinian moderate and mayor stopped to chat with a local businessman, murder struck. At least one assassin walked up behind Masri and shot him three times in the back with a 7.65-mm pistol. Two of the bullets lodged in his heart. The unidentified hitman fled in the direction of the town's central market-place. Masri died shortly afterward.

The killing came as a blow to Israel's national unity government, which, in (...

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