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Top Palestinian militant killed during clashes with PA security forces

Hatem Abu Rizek, 35, may have died after a grenade intended for PA security forces exploded in his hand

October 31, 2020, 10:48 PM

A top leader in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed faction of the ruling Fatah party in the West Bank, was killed on Saturday in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, The Jerusalem Post reported. 

According to Palestinian media sources, Hatem Abu Rizek, 35, may have been killed during a confrontation with Palestinian Authority security forces but the exact circumstances of his death are still being probed. 

Rizek is also said to be closely liked to former Fatah senior official Mohammed Dahlan, a chief nemesis of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who is currently living in exile in the UAE.

PA sources claimed that Abu Rizek died when a grenade he intended to throw at security forces exploded in his hand, according to The Jerusalem Post.

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