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Islamic Jihad rages after Israel seizes leader from Jenin

Israeli soldiers captured a local leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank yesterday. Sheikh Bassam Saadi had been on Israel’s wanted list for two years. Israeli soldiers found him hiding under a car in a pre-dawn raid. Islamic Jihad immediately threatened to avenge his capture, and there will be fears of a new militant attack. Jenin refugee camp, where the Israeli army reduced an entire neighbourhood of more than 100 houses to rubble last year, has long been one of the main centres of Palestinian militancy. Many suicide bombers have been dispatched from its narrow, winding lanes, and the Israeli army frequently raids the refugee camp, looking for militant leaders. Jenin is the home turf of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, rather than Islamist groups such as Islamic Jihad, but it is one of the few places where the different factions cooperate, which has always made it a particular threat to the Israelis. Full Story

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