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Israeli Troops Kill Senior Palestinian Militant in West Bank


Palestinian militants have fired rockets at Israel after Israeli troops killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander.

The rockets caused no casualties. A short time later Israeli forces fired artillery at the area in Gaza the militants used to launch the rockets.

Islamic Jihad had vowed to avenge the killing earlier Monday of Luay Saadi and his deputy in the West Bank. Israel says Mr. Saadi was behind several attacks that have killed at least 10 Israelis since February.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority says it plans to immediately disarm members of another militant group in the West Bank, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

The chief of police in the West Bank, Taher Zaid, says most members of the militant group will be trained to join Palestinian security forces. But leading al-Aqsa commanders say they doubt their men will turn in their weapons until Israel leaves the West Bank.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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