A Palestinian lawmaker who is a well-known critic of Yasser Arafat was shot and wounded by unknown gunmen in the West Bank city of Ramallah late on Tuesday, hospital officials said.
Nabil Amr, a former Cabinet minister, was shot in the leg while he was at his home in Ramallah, Palestinians said. Doctors said he was not seriously wounded.
Amr was taken to a hospital in A-Ram, between Ramallah and Jerusalem, for treatment.
Since Friday there has been considerable tension over Arafat's appointments in security forces and the intention of Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia to resign.
Palestinians speculated that the gunmen were sending a message to stop criticising Arafat, but there was no hard evidence to back that up.
Amr has often complained about corruption and inefficiency in Arafat's administration.
Amr served as a Cabinet minister in the short-lived government of Mahmoud Abbas, who served as Arafat's first prime minister last year but resigned after only four months, complaining that he was given no power.