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Kitani evades capture again as Israelis storm Qaffin

July 23, 2008 2:09 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2008 2:09 P.M.)
Tulkarem - Ma'an - Israeli forces stormed the houses of civilians on Wednesday morning in the town of Qaffin north of the West Bank city of Tulkarem, searching for Fadi Kitani, leader of Islamic Jihad's military wing.

A source from Islamic jihad told Ma'an that the raids happened at 1am Wednesday morning and targeted the houses of relatives of Kitani. The soldiers apparently opened fire in the houses and attacked a number of the inhabitants before arresting one man, named as Ahmad Abu Abed.

Israeli forces have been searching for Kitani for a number of years and he dramatically escaped the fifth attempt to assassinate him on Tuesday, when troops surrounded him and blew up his car.

In the early hours of Wednesday, 16 military vehicles arrived in the town and closed off the Al-Ajjouli area in Qaffin in order to stop Kitani from escaping. The forces withdrew at 6am, without capturing the militant.

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