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Suspected Palestinian Informers Slain

April 23, 2002

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HEBRON, West Bank (AP) _ Three bound Palestinian, apparently suspected informers, were found shot to death Tuesday in the same spot where hours earlier Israel killed a local militia leader in a missile attack.

A large crowd quickly gathered around the bodies lying in Salam Street in Hebron. Some of the bystanders kicked and spit at the corpses. The three men had been shot in the head, with their hands tied behind their backs.

Several hours earlier, an Israeli helicopter had fired missiles at a car carrying Marwan Zalloum, commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade militia in Hebron, and a bodyguard. The militia is linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement.

The killings in Hebron came only a day after Al Aqsa militiamen opened fire on three alleged informers in a downtown square in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The three were seriously wounded, and a large crowd watched as they lay on the ground, writhing in pain. Bystanders tried to block approaching ambulances, but the three were eventually taken to a city hospital where one later died.

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