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Israeli Troops Arrest Hamas Commander in Hebron - 2004-10-13


Israeli radio says army troops in the West Bank city of Hebron have arrested a Hamas commander believed responsible for twin suicide bombings that killed 16 people in the Israeli city of Beersheva in August.

Palestinian witnesses say Imad Qawasmeh surrendered after Israeli troops surrounded his hideout. They say the building where he was hiding was demolished.

In the Gaza Strip, two Palestinians were killed by Israeli tank fire as forces pushed deeper into the town of Beit Lahiya. Earlier an Israeli airstrike in the town killed a Hamas activist.

Meanwhile, Palestinian authorities are investigating Tuesday's a car bomb blast near the office of Gaza City's Palestinian security chief Moussa Arafat, a relative of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

The Israeli military said it had nothing to do with the blast.

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