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November 14, 2002

Kibbutz raid suspect arrested

You can hide and you can run, but: gottcha!
The Israeli army says it has arrested a top Palestinian militant suspected of having masterminded Sunday's attack on a kibbutz which killed five Israelis, including two children.

Mohammed Naifeh, a member of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, had been hiding in a house in the village of Shweike, near the West Bank town of Tulkarm.

Israeli army personnel surrounded the house and called on Mr Naifeh through loudspeakers to surrender.

After negotiating through human rights organisations in a standoff which reportedly lasted several hours, Mr Naifeh agreed to give himself up.

"He was told if he gave up he would not be harmed," an Israeli army spokesman said.

"Shortly afterward he left the house and turned himself in to Israeli forces."