Israeli Forces Kill an Islamic Jihad Leader

August 25, 2007

Author: Wael al-Ahmed

Original Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: Reuters

JENIN, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces disguised as Palestinians killed the local leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group in the West Bank city of Jenin on Saturday, Palestinian security sources said.

The sources identified him as Ala Abu Srour and said another Islamic Jihad gunman was wounded in the raid by the undercover troops.

An Israeli military spokeswoman in Tel Aviv said Israeli soldiers and paramilitary border policemen, in a joint operation in Jenin, fired at a vehicle in which three gunmen were travelling.

She did not give any details about casualties but said the Israeli force found two assault rifles and ammunition clips in the vehicle.

Israel says raids against Palestinian militants help to foil attacks against its citizens. Palestinian leaders in the West Bank, where the Fatah movement of President Mahmoud Abbas holds sway, say such operations harm chances for peacemaking.