Israel takes responsibility for Arafat deputy hit

November 1, 2012 18:06

Israel has taken responsibility for the assassination of Khalil al-Wazir, deputy of former PLO leader Yasser Arafat, in 1988, Yediot Aharonot reported on Thursday.

Wazir, who is better known as "Abu Jihad", was killed in a raid in Tunis by the Mossad and Sayeret Matkal, the IDF's most elite and classified unit.

According to Yediot, the operation's commander was Nachom Lev, who shot Wazir with a silenced handgun.

Wazir founded the PLO with Arafat and was responsible for a series of attacks against Israeli civilians.

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