JERUSALEM — An Israeli missile killed two Palestinian militants Monday in the West Bank, officials and witnesses said, and Israel started building a section of its barrier on seized Palestinian land.
An Israeli helicopter fired the missile at a car in the Balata refugee camp next to the city of Nablus, killing Khalil Marshoud, the local leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a violent offshoot of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement. The military said Marshoud was behind a number of attacks against Israelis.
Another militant also was killed and a third person was seriously wounded, witnesses said.
Israel began building the barrier last year, saying it needed it to keep out Palestinian militants who have killed hundreds of Israelis since the outbreak of fighting in 2000. In some areas, the trenches, walls and fences that make up the barrier run near Israel's border, but elsewhere dip deep into land claimed by Palestinians for a future state.
The latest land seizures are part of the construction of a barrier segment near the Israeli settlement of Ariel, in the West Bank.