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Israeli troops in West Bank ambush
Palestinian fighters wound four Israelis in a car near Jewish settlement of Naaleh.
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2007 13:45 GMT
Palestinian fighters shot at four Israelis in a car near a Jewish settlement [Reuters]

Undercover Israeli troops have killed a senior member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades near Jenin in the northern West Bank, according to a Palestinian security source.
 
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the territory, Palestinian fighters wounded four Israelis in an attack outside the Jewish settlement of Naaleh, according to the Israeli military.
Ashraf Hanaisha, an al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader, was killed on Tuesday by Israeli troops dressed in plain clothes, a Palestinian source said,
 
"During a routine operation south of Jenin, troops saw a man pull a pistol and opened fire on him," AFP reported the Israeli military as saying.
But the Reuters news agency reported an unnamed Israeli source as saying that a "special unit" of Israeli border police had identified Hanaisha "as a senior operative in the area and surrounded the vehicle in which he was travelling".
 
"The force saw that he had drawn his weapon. They fired at him and he was killed," the source said.
 
Local residents said the undercover troops drove a blue civilian car that cut off the vehicle
 
They said the Israeli troops shot Hanaisha after ordering the other passengers to flee.
 
Drive-by attack
 
Earlier, Palestinian fighters shot and wounded four Israelis in a car near a Jewish settlement of Naaleh in the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli army.
 
"One was wounded seriously and three others lightly. The four were driving in a car when they were shot at by fire from another vehicle," an Israeli army spokesman said.
 
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has claimed responsibility for the drive-by attack, but it was unclear whether the Israeli operation near Jenin was undertaken in response to the attack.
 
The violence coincides with the annual Palestinian "Prisoners Day", in which vigils and rallies are held in the West Bank and Gaza to press Israel to release 11,000 jailed Palestinians.
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