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Israel troops kill Hamas militant

Ali Suweiti (picture released by Israel Defense Forces)
Mr Suweiti was accused of attacking Israeli forces in the West Bank

Israeli troops have killed a senior Hamas militant in a raid on a house in the West Bank.

Ali Suweiti, 42, was killed during a gun battle in the village of Beit Awa, the Israeli military said.

Troops from the Israel Defense Forces, Border Guard and security service Shin Bet surrounded the house and militants opened fire on them, a spokesman said.

Mr Suweiti was wanted for his alleged role in a 2004 gun attack on a border patrol in which a soldier was killed.

"A force surrounded the building in which Suweiti was hiding and called on him to surrender," a statement from the Israeli Defence Force said.

"Suweiti refused and opened fire at the forces, who then used engineering tools in addition to firing at the building's exterior wall, in order to cause him to surrender. The terrorist continued to fire at the force, and was ultimately killed."

The building he was in was demolished by the Israeli forces.

Israeli soldiers raid the house in which Ali Suweiti was said to be hiding

Mr Suweiti's uncle, Mahmoud, told the Associated Press news agency that Israeli soldiers surrounded the house before dawn on Monday.

He said his nephew ignored calls by the troops to surrender and soldiers opened fire on the building.

Mr Suweiti was involved in five attacks on Israeli border guards between 1999 and 2004, the Israeli military said.

In 2004 he took part in an ambush on a border patrol jeep, killing 20-year-old policeman Yaniv Mashiah, the IDF said.

The IDF said they had tried to arrest him in 2007 but he escaped.



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