Hassan Nasrallah, who heads the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, on Friday offered his condolences to the family of a Palestinian teenage girl who was killed during an alleged attempt to attack Israelis in the West Bank.
Witnesses said Ashraqet Qatnani, 16, was chasing Israelis at a bus stop in the northern West Bank with a knife in her hand last Sunday when she was thwarted by an Israeli motorist who rammed her with his car.
She was subsequently shot dead by security forces patrolling the nearby Hawara checkpoint.
Nasrallah, according to a report by the Palestinian Wattan news site, called Qatnani’s father, Taha, and offered his condolences Friday evening.
He reportedly told the father that Ashraqet Qatnani “shone for me like my son Hadi,” referring to his eldest son, Muhammad Hadi, who was killed in a battle with Israeli soldiers in 1997.
He also called her a “martyr of the Islamic resistance in Lebanon,” the report said.
Qatnani was run over by Gershon Mesika, a former head of the Samaria Regional Council.
Hours after the incident, the official Twitter account run by the party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas posted an image appearing to threaten him.
The photo posted by Fatah’s Twitter account branded Mesika a “child killer” and depicted him next to a blood spatter with a large target over his face. The image was captioned, “The criminal Gershon Mesika, who ran over a Palestinian girl at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus.”
Nasrallah’s Hezbollah has been a bitter enemy of Israel for decades, and fought a bloody war with the Jewish state in 2006. In recent years, the border between Israel and Lebanon has largely been quiet, with sporadic outbreaks of violence.
Last Sunday’s incident in the northern West Bank came amid a rash of Palestinian terror attacks that have killed over 20 Israelis over the past two months. Dozens of Palestinians have also been killed, including many who were targeted while carrying out attacks.