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45 Held, 1 Killed as Israel Raids West Bank Village

November 13, 2001|From Associated Press

TEL, West Bank — Israeli troops killed an Islamic militant and arrested 45 residents, including 16 on Israel's wanted list, during a 10-hour raid Monday on a Palestinian village.

Israel also continued to hold parts of two Palestinian cities in the northern part of the West Bank. Troops moved into six areas after the Oct. 17 assassination of an Israeli Cabinet minister. Officials said they were delaying a pullback from the last two because of intelligence reports of attempts by Palestinian militants to mount attacks in Israel.

The U.S. State Department has repeatedly criticized the Israeli incursions into Palestinian areas and called on Israel to withdraw and stay out.

In the latest incursion, soldiers moved into the West Bank village of Tel, next to the city of Nablus, about 2 a.m. Sealing off the village, they went from house to house, arresting suspected militants.

At one house, soldiers shot and killed Muhammed Reihan, 25, a senior member of the Islamic militant group Hamas. Reihan had been on Israel's wanted list since 1998 for the killing of two residents of the nearby Jewish settlement of Yitzhar.

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