Saturday, December 29, 2007

Israeli troops sieze Al-Aqsa Brigades commander, four others in connection with Hebron shooting

From Arab media:

Hebron – Ma'an – Israeli forces seized the field commander of the military wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Brigades in the West Bank city of Hebron and four other Al-Aqsa Brigades members on Friday. he raid comes a day after Palestinian fighters killed two Israeli settlers in a drive-by shooting near Hebron.

The Al-Aqsa Brigades Media Center said commander Ahmed Muhammad Abu Sitteh, also known as Abu Suleiman, was detained late on Friday night and taken to an unknown location.

Israeli officials confirmed the raid and the detention of the five Palestinians, accusing them of involvement in Friday's drive-by shooting that killed two off-duty Israeli soldiers, both residents of the Kiryat Arba settlement, near Hebron.

The Al-Aqsa Brigades denied any involvement in the attack. Islamic Jihad's military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, claimed responsibility for the shooting on Friday. The Al-Quds Brigades were likely retaliating for the assassination of one of it's high-ranking leaders in the Gaza Strip earlier this week.

Witnesses identified the detained men as brothers Na'im Nabil Natsheh, Firas Natsheh, Hazem Natsheh, Omar Noman Natsheh, Abdullah Natsheh and Shadi Natsheh.

Palestinian security sources said the Palestinian car used in the shooting has been found, and that the vehicle contained blood, as well as bullets and objects belonging to Twenty-two-year-old Nabil Basil Natsheh, who disappeared following the attack.

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