Top Hamas Terrorist Killed in West Bank Shootout


hamasIsraeli army special forces this morning stormed a house in Beit Awa south of Chevron, killing a senior Hamas terorist. IDF troops laid siege to a house early this morning where Ali Sweiti, wanted for killing an IDF Border Guard six years ago, was holed up.

Sweiti refused demands to surrender and opened fire on soldiers surrounding the house, the army said. The IDF returned fire and Sweiti was killed in the ensuing gun battle.

Troops later demolished the house in which Sweiti had been hiding. Sweiti is thought to have planned an attack in which of Border Policeman Cpl. Yaniv Mashiah was killed on April 25 2004.

Mashiah, 20, was killed and three others lightly wounded an hour after the beginning of Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers when shots were fired at their vehicle near Chevron.

{Haaretz/Yair Israel}