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Top West Bank militant surrenders
The block of flats was partially destroyed by Israeli bulldozers
A senior Palestinian militant in the West Bank has surrendered to Israeli troops following a day-long siege.

Witnesses said Islamic Jihad member Iyad Abu Rob was arrested after troops began demolishing his hideout in Jenin.

Hundreds of troops entered the city early on Wednesday and surrounded the five-storey residential block.

A Palestinian was shot dead and others were injured, including some children, during the incursion when Israeli troops opened fire on stone throwers.

The Israeli military said three of their soldiers were injured during armed exchanges with militants.

In addition to demolishing part of the block of flats in which Mr Abu Rob was hiding, Israeli troops fired shots and stun grenades at the building.

He and a second man eventually surrendered at 0100 (2300 GMT).

"After 15 hours, the two wanted men turned themselves in," an Israeli army spokesman said.

Israeli security sources say Mr Abu Rob had dispatched the suicide bomber responsible for the attack on the Israeli town of Hadera that killed five people on 26 October, as well as being implicated in other attacks.

Israel has arrested and killed many leading members of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank and Gaza since it admitted responsibility for the Hadera attack.

Gaza crossing re-opening

Elsewhere, the head of a team of European monitors overseeing security at the Gaza-Egypt border point at Rafah has said Palestinians would be able to cross on Saturday, a day after the official re-opening.

Map showing Gaza border crossings and planned port

But the crossing will only be open for four hours a day until the number of European monitors has increased from 20 to between 50 and 70.

"When I receive in a short time a larger number of officers, I will increase the number of opening hours," Italian military police general Pietro Pistolese said after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brokered a deal between Israel and Egypt to allow key border crossings to the Gaza Strip to be re-opened.

Opening the border is seen as key for Gaza's economy and Palestinian exports, especially fresh produce.

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