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Palestinian Guerrilla Groups Vow to Intensify Attacks - 2002-11-27

The armed wings of Palestinian guerrilla groups have vowed to intensify attacks throughout Israel today, after two of their leaders were killed in the West Bank town, Jenin. Israel has not yet accepted responsibility for the killings.

Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction are vowing revenge for the killing of two of their leaders. The men are Imad Nastri, the leader of the Hamas military wing in the Jenin area, and Ala Al-Sabbagh, the local leader of Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. Both had been on the Israeli army's list of suspected Palestinian terrorists.

The circumstances surrounding their deaths in the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin remain unclear. Palestinian residents in Jenin give conflicting reports of how the leaders were killed. Some say an attack had been carried out by Israeli Army helicopter.

Others simply say they heard an explosion in the home where the two had gone into hiding.

Israeli military officials deny there were any helicopters were in the area at the time of the blast, raising two other possibilities that Israeli ground forces carried out an attack or that the two men died in an accident, while preparing explosives.