BUSINESS AS USUAL; Hamas leader shot dead by Israelis.Byline: DAVID David, in the Bible
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ISRAELI soldiers killed a senior Hamas militant yesterday after storming his hideout.
Ibrahim Abu Hawash, 33, was gunned down after the raid on a flat in the West Bank city of Nablus.
Israel officials said Hawash - a member of Hamas's Izz-el-Deen al-Qassam military wing and on Israel's wanted list - was shot dead after a gun battle as he and another member tried to escape.
Sources said a rifle, handguns and ammunition and bomb-making equipment were found.
The killing happened as the highest-ranking Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land insisted there could be no peace until Israel lifts its occupation of the Palestinian territories This article is about the Palestinian territories as a geopolitical phenomenon. For more on their geography, demographics and general history, see West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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Speaking at Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Arabic, كنيسة المهد) is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. in Bethlehem Latin Patriarch Latin Patriarch can refer to:
Israeli troops withdrew to the outskirts of tow to let worshippers attend Christmas Day services.
Celebrations in Jesus' birthplace have been subdued for the last two years because of Palestinian-Israeli violence - but this year the mood sank to a new low. None of the traditional Christmas decorations adorned Manger Square in front of the church. The fir tree next to the complex, usually covered in colourful lights and ornaments, was bare.
Grandmother Estella Mubarak, 60, said: "It is the saddest Christmas ever for us here." But there were no reports last night of violence in the town. In his sermon, Sabbah said Israel is the side that must take steps to end the Middle East conflict.
He said: "It is in your hands and your hearts the ability to stop everything in the form of violence and terror." To the Palestinians, he said: "What is required is the stopping of violence and terrorism."
The chief Israeli army liaison officer in Bethlehem, Lt Col Moshe Madar, indicated that the Israeli pullback was only temporary.
Troops continue to occupy six Palestinian cities in the West Bank.
DEATH PARADE: Palestinians carry the body of Hamas militant Ibrahim Abu Hawash, shot by Israeli troops, through the streets of Nablus yesterday; CALL: Arafat; PLEA: Sharon