Palestinian sources reported on Thursday morning that gunmen released
Bashar Al Karmy, deputy Palestinian Minister of Heath, hours after
breaking into his house in Al Biereh city, near Ramallah, and abducting


Al Karmy, 47, was released unharmed, his wife said that the abduction is considered a message from “the vandals that chaos in Gaza could be transferred to the West Bank”.

She added that the gunmen stole equipment and a laptop from the house and never returned them.

The Palestineinfo news website that belongs to Hamas accused a group within Fateh movement of carrying the attack.

Al Karmi is the head of a medical laboratory in addition to his post as a part time teacher at Al Quds and Bir Zeit Universities.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported denounced the attack and considered at as part of the “coup” against the government.


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Deputy Minister of Health abducted near Ramallah

2007-01-04 02:38:10

Palestinian security sources reported that an unknown armed group
abducted on Wednesday night after midnight the Palestinian Deputy
Minister of health, Bashar Al Karmi, after breaking into his home in Al
Biereh town, near Ramallah in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Maan News Agency reported that four masked gunmen broke into the house of Al Karmi and abducted him.

The gunmen also stole an amount of money and a Laptop before speeding way taking Al Masry to an unknown destination, the agency added.

Palestinian security sources reported that the attack is most likely criminally motivated, and that an investigation has been launched into the assault.

The Al Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fateh, said that its fighters are not involved in the attack.

In a separate incident, unknown gunmen set on fire the car of Wasfi Qabha, the Palestinian Minister of Detainees.

The attack took place in Jenin city, in the northern part of the West Bank.