He has been on their most-wanted list for eight years but this morning Israeli troops arrested top Hamas militant Ibrahim Hamed in a raid in the West Bank. Hamed is alleged to have masterminded several suicide bombings in Israel, which are thought to have killed 55 people. An army spokeswoman said that a second Palestinian was also taken into custody. Hamas – which won January’s general election – is formally committed to Israel’s destruction but has largely respected a truce for the past 15 months. Israeli military action against Hamas has become rarer, with security forces focusing on Islamic Jihad, which has rejected calls for a ceasefire.
Israel captures top Hamas militant