Highly Wanted Senior Hamas Militant Killed Near Chevron


hamasIsraeli commandos today killed a senior Hamas militant in the West Bank who was wanted in connection with suicide attacks launched against Israel.  Abed al-Majid Dudin, 45, was the head of the Palestinian Islamist group’s armed wing in the area around the West Bank city of Chevron.  The troops, from a joint contingent of Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police special forces, found Dudin in a village southeast of Chevron.

Dudin opened fire on the troops, after which they shot and killed him. The soldiers also arrested one of the militant’s subordinates, Ahmad a-Fatah Hasin, a 45-year-old Hamas operative.

He barricaded himself in his home, according to the Palestinian report, and was later killed after engaging in a brief gunfight with the troops.

None of the soldiers was hurt in the incident.

Dudin was believed to have been one of the planners of a 1995 bus bombing in Yerushalayim, in which four people were killed, and a bus bombing in Ramat Gan in the same year, in which six people were killed.

Dudin spent a number of years in a Palestinian jail in Yericho, but was later released after the outbreak of the second intifada in 2000.

Brig. Gen. Noam Tivon, commander of the IDF forces in the West Bank, praised the successful joint operation.

“We will reach every terrorist who killed Israeli citizens. We will continue to fight terror and defend the citizens of Israel,” Tivon said.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel/Haaretz}