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Wednesday, October 01, 2003

A top Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin, Bassam Saadi, was caught this morning hiding under a car.

Saadi, arrested by a force of the Golani infantry brigade's elite Egoz unit, is suspected of having dispatched the suicide terrorist who killed Mazal Afari in Moshav Kfar Yabetz in July.

Saadi led opposition within the Jihad to the temporary truce called by militant organizations on June 29 and which later collapsed, Israel Radio said.

In the Jenin raid, soldiers backed by helicopters and tanks raided a section of the refugee camp before dawn and told residents to evacuate the area as they carried out
house-to-house searches for suspected militants, the witnesses said.

They said Saadi was found by tracker dogs beneath a car parked outside a mosque.

The Golani arrest campaign in the camp, which began more than two weeks ago, has netted more than 20 wanted fugitives and headed off a car bombing planned for the northern Israeli town of Bet Shean, security sources say.