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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 March 2006, 14:26 GMT
In pictures: Jericho prison raid

Palestinian inmates and guard are detained by Israeli troops

Hundreds of Palestinian guards and inmates surrendered at a prison compound in the West Bank town of Jericho, after it was stormed by Israeli troops.

Ahmed Saadat, in a January 2005 photograph

Israel is trying to seize militant Ahmed Saadat, blamed for the killing of a minister.

Jericho residents watch the siege

But some detainees, including Mr Saadat, are refusing to leave the prison.

An Israeli tank rolls into position as the Palestinian jail compound

The Israeli military then fired a tank shell and a helicopter missile at the prison. A bulldozer also demolished walls outside.

Supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation Palestine hold up the PFLP red flag as they demonstrate at the Palestinian parliament in Gaza City

The Israeli raid sparked angry protests throughout the Palestinian territories.

The mother of one of the detainees protests the action in front of a poster of Mr Saadat (on the left)

The mother of detainee Ahad Abu Ghulmi demonstrated in Nablus in front of a picture of her son with Mr Saadat.

Armed members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Mr Saadat heads, protest in Jenin

Armed members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Mr Saadat heads, demonstrated in Jenin with other factions.

A masked gunman in Gaza City

Gunmen protested against the raid on the streets in Gaza City.

Gunmen outside the burning British Council

They later set ablaze the British cultural centre in Gaza and stormed an EU compound.





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