Jerusalem: Israeli troops killed two senior
Hamas militants in an early-morning raid on a house in the
West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, a Hamas official said.
A Hamas radio station in the Gaza Strip reported
immediately after the operation that one of the men killed was
a militant behind a shooting in the Hebron area last month
that killed four Jewish residents of a nearby Israeli
settlement just as new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were
getting under way.
Israeli soldiers surrounded the house before dawn, and then
pummelled it with light and heavy weapons. The gunfire left
the walls pocked with bullet holes, and an agency photographer on
the scene saw one body on the street outside.
In the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a Hamas official
confirmed that both of the men killed were senior members of
the group`s armed wing. He spoke on condition of anonymity
because the Islamic organisation had yet to officially
The official blamed the Western-backed Palestinian
government led by President Mahmoud Abbas, which wields
limited power in the West Bank, for enabling the raid by
cooperating with Israel. Abbas and Israel both see Hamas as an
enemy and have cooperated in cracking down on the group`s
members in the West Bank.