IDF kills top Aksa commander in Jenin

Army confirms shooting armed man dead; six West Bank terror suspects arrested.

July 2, 2007 06:47
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IDF troops killed Al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades commander Muhammad el-Haija in Jenin overnight Sunday, Palestinian sources reported. According to Palestinian reports, Haija was widely considered second in command to the Aksa Martyrs Brigades commander in Jenin Zakariya Zubeidi. The IDF confirmed that it had shot and killed an armed Palestinian man after a bomb was thrown at troops in Jenin refugee camp. According to the army, Haija had been carrying an assault rifle with a telescopic sight. Two other Palestinians were wounded in the incident. Meanwhile, IDF troops arrested six Palestinian terror suspects in overnight operations throughout the West Bank. In Kalkilya, soldiers nabbed two Hamas operatives and two members of the Islamic Jihad, while in Jenin, troops apprehended two Tanzim fugitives.

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