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UPDATED: 18:41, July 02, 2007
Israeli raid on Jenin kills senior al-Aqsa Brigades militant
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Israeli army forces raided the northern West Bank city of Jenin on predawn Monday and shot dead a senior militant of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, armed wing of Fatah movement, witnesses said.

Medics in Jenin said that the 24-year-old Mohamed Abu el-Heija, commander of al-Aqsa Brigades, was killed in an exchange of fire with the Israeli soldiers in the city.

The eyewitnesses said that about eight Israeli army armored vehicles and personnel carriers stormed into the city and its refugee camp, adding that Abu el-Heija and the soldiers battled with the Israeli forces for more than an hour.

"I heard a huge explosion and intensive gunfire in our neighborhood. We were not able to get out of our house," one witness reported by telephone.

He also that "the intensive gunfire blocked the Israeli army force from progressing into the area, but later on when the soldiers left, the residents found the body of Mohamed."

Source: Xinhua

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