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Israel army kills Hamas commander in Hebron

Israeli soldier near Hebron
Israeli troops have occupied the West Bank since the 1967 war

The Palestinian Hamas group says Israeli forces have shot dead a leader of its military wing, Abdul Majid Dudeen, near Hebron in the West Bank.

Israeli reports said the militant had been wanted for many years, and was suspected of involvement in at least two bomb attacks against Israeli buses.

They said Dudeen had been jailed by Palestinian police but was later freed.

Hamas holds control Gaza Strip but the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority holds sway in the West Bank.

It condemned the killing as a terrorist attack and said the Palestinian Authority should concentrate on protecting people in the West Bank rather than co-operating with the Israeli occupation.



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