The Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, reported that one of its fighters, from the northern part of the Gaza Strip, died at age 50, in the United Arab Emirates. The fighter was deported by Israel in 1989.The Brigades identified the fighter was Mohammad Abdul-Raouf Al Madbouh, from Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Brigades stated that Al Madbouh is one of its founders, and that he was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers after the beginning of the first Intifada.

It added that he planned several attacks against the Israeli army and that Israeli troops demolished his home during the first Intifada.

In 1988, fighters of the Al Qassam Brigades kidnapped corporal Avi Saports and killed him later on after Israeli refused to hold talks on a swap deal.

On May 3, 1989, the fighters kidnapped corporal Elan Sadoun and killed him. The brigades said its fighters killed him due to difficulties in bargaining on him and in keeping his hideout discrete.

After the Palestinian Authority was established and entered the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security forces arrested a number of fighters and according to the Al Qassam Brigades, tortured the fighters until they confessed to killing the two soldiers and led the interrogators to the burial site.

The bodies of the two soldiers were located seven years after they were kidnapped and killed.