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Israel captures militant after jail siege

Israel captures militant after jail siege
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A militant leader wanted by Israel has been captured after a day-long siege at a Palestinian jail. Israeli forces stormed the prison in Jericho in search of Ahmed Saadat, who is being held over the assassination of an Israeli cabinet minister.

After fierce clashes, guards and security officers were detained alongside inmates.

But the man Israel wanted most remained holed up – vowing not to surrender. It was only after tanks and bulldozers smashed into the West Bank compound that Saadat finallly gave himself up.

Accused by Israel of masterminding the murder of its tourism minister in 2001,Saadat leads the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Its military wing vowed revenge for his arrest. The raid, which left at least two people dead, came after UK and US monitors withdrew from the prison – complaining that the Palestinian Authority had not carried out requested security improvements. Israel said it acted following reports that Saadat could be released.