Palestinian security sources reported on Sunday that under-cover units
of the Israeli army infiltrated into Beit Sahour town, near Bethlehem,
and abducted Khaled Salahat, 38, member of the Palestinian security
forces in the area. Salahat is also a senior member of the Al Aqsa
Brigades, the armed wing of Fateh movement.

The attack took placer on Sunday afternoon after Salahat conducted an exam at the Al Quds Open University, Beit Sahour Branch since he is a student there,

Local sources reported that the under-cover forces, driving a Palestinian licensed car, ambushed Salahat and forced him in the car before speeding out of the town through its northern entrance.

Salahat is considered one of the prominent member of the brigades, and was wanted to the Israeli security over the past five years.

Mousa Al Sha'er, Fateh media spokesperson, slammed the attack and said that this abduction is part of the Israeli policies that aim at escalating the situation to drag the area into further violence.

In November 9 2000, Salahat was with Hussein Obeyyat, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in Bethlehem when an Israeli helicopter fired a missile at their vehicle.    

Hussein was assassinated in the attack, and Salahat was seriously injured. Two women, walking in the street, were also killed.