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He and 11 other security personnel had been positioned on the 10th floor of the 11-story building, but six had already died in exchanges of fire from the windows.

The young security man, Wael Akad, used a cell phone to call his father and urge him to rush over to the building to plead with the Hamas fighters to accept a surrender. The father, accompanied by his two children, found the building after a desperate search and managed to negotiate a surrender.

Hamas took Mr. Akad and five surviving colleagues prisoner, but later released them.

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