Monday, April 26, 2010
Hamas terrorist killed in Hebron
Wanted Palestinian barricades himself, exchanges fire with IDF.
Wanted Hamas member Ali Ahmed Sweiti was killed on Monday morning in an exchange of fire with security forces in the village of Beit Awa, near Hebron.
Sweiti, who killed 20-year-old Border Policeman Yaniv Mashiach and wounded two others in an ambush in the southern Hebron Hills on Remembrance Day in 2004, had been on Israel's wanted list for six years.
He was killed in a joint operation by the IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Border Police. Earlier that morning, IDF troops and a special police force had surrounded Sweiti's house in an attempt to coerce him to come out and turn himself in.
Sweiti, however, barricaded himself inside the house and shot at the troops outside. The troops shot back and used explosives to destroy a part of the house. Sweiti was killed in the exchange.
Following the incident, security forces demolished the house using bulldozers.
No casualties were reported among the troops, and Sweiti's family was notified of his demise.