Some 30 Israeli armoured vehicles stormed the city on Sunday morning and surrounded Zakariya al-Zubaydi's home.

Occupation soldiers exchanged fire with resistance fighters around the home, seriously injuring al-Zubaydi's assistant, reported our correspondent.

In a statement, the group said al-Zubaydi escaped. The group is the armed wing of Palestinian President Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement.