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Palestinian Militants Release Governor

Palestinian militants beat and briefly held the Palestinian governor of a West Bank town on Saturday, accusing him of being an Israeli collaborator. He was released after about five hours, a militant leader said. The Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade took Haider Irsheid, 50, captive and took him to a refugee camp adjacent to the town of Jenin. Al Aqsa’s Jenin leader, Zakariye Zubeydi, demanded the Palestinian Authority put Irsheid on trial. Several hours later, however, Zubeydi said he released Irsheid after a call from an unidentified official at Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s office. Al Aqsa is loosely affiliated with Arafat’s Fatah movement. “For me, Arafat’s order is not up for negotiation,” Zubeydi told The Associated Press. “So I released him immediately.” The militant leader said he would leave the responsibility for judging Irsheid to Arafat. “I think he will take the right decision,” Zubeydi said. Full Story

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