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August 22, 2003
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Twelve terrorists wanted by Israel left Yasser Arafat’s Ramallah compound. The 12 members of the Al-Aksa Brigade, the terrorist militia of the Palestinian Authority president’s Fatah movement, fled Arafat’s headquarters Thursday after a senior Hamas official in Gaza was killed by Israeli missiles. P.A. sources offered no official explanation for the move, but there may have been growing concerns that Israeli troops would seize the men following Israel’s decision to resume targeting terrorists, Ha’aretz reported. That policy change was made following Tuesday’s suicide attack in Jerusalem, which killed 20 people.

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