On Sunday at night a masked gunman shot dead reporter Samir Rantisi, an aid of former Palestinian information minister Yasser Abed Rabo, a leading figure in the Geneva initiative.

Rantisi was shot in full view of some of his family members as he arrived to his home in Sateh Marhaba neighborhood in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Sources in Ramallah said they believe the assassination was related to opposition to the Geneva Initiative.

However, Palestinian Authority police sources said they believe the background for the assassination was criminal.

Sources close to Rantisi family said that the assassination was carried out to set an end to a file on corruption of some PA officials their son was preparing.

The sources also said that both the assailant and the “inciter” are known to the family and the police.