Medical sources said on Wednesday that a commando team from the movement stormed Ram Allah hospital and killed 25-year-old Nasir Sabet Qalashwa.

Members of the commando group told Agence France Presse that Qalashwa was responsible for the deaths of several senior Palestinian resistance leaders in Israeli army raids.

Qalashwa had been shot and wounded by masked men in the northern West Bank city of Jenin earlier this week, and was transferred to Ram Allah hospital two days ago.

Israeli occupation

Palestinian collaborators are thought to be vital to the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.

The Israeli army is just not big enough to effectively police the 1.5 million Palestinians under military occupation.

Nor can it maintain the intimate knowledge it needs of the inhabitants of Palestinian towns and villages, without the help of collaborators.

Numerous enticements are thought to be offered to recruit Palestinians willing to work for Israel.

Besides money, Israeli residency papers are often promised to make it easier to work in the country.

Smashing the collaborator network has, therefore, become a primary task of the Intifada.