Israel kills senior militant official

Dec. 25, 2004 at 9:50 PM

WEST BANK, West Bank, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Israel Defense Forces killed a senior Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades militant, Thaer Abu Kamal, Saturday in a West Bank refugee camp, Ha'aretz reported.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades is affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization's Fatah movement. Abu Kamal had replaced Mahmoud Abu Khalifa, who was killed by the IDF in September, Ha'aretz said.

Soldiers from the Egoz and Nahal infantry units reportedly surrounded the house Abu Kamal was hiding in Saturday, and called for the residents to surrender.

The troops fired anti-tank missiles at the building after Abu Kamal failed to exit. After the building was demolished with a bulldozer, Abu Kamal's body was found in the debris. No gunshots were fired.

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