IDF kills terrorist near Hebron

Ali Sweiti killed six years after murdering border policeman.

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April 26, 2010 09:14
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Six years and one day after he murdered an Israeli border policeman, Hamas terrorist Ali Sweiti was shot dead on Monday when he tried escaping from IDF troops who had surrounded his house near Hebron.

Wanted since the early 2000s, Sweiti was believed to have been behind a series of deadly shooting attacks along Hebron-area roads throughout the second intifada.

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On April 25, 2004, Sweiti killed border policeman Yaniv Mashiah and wounded two others in an ambush in the southern Hebron Hills on Remembrance Day. He had been on Israel’s most-wanted list and was believed to be involved most recently in efforts to reestablish Hamas military infrastructure in the West Bank.

A resident of Beit Awa, the 42-year-old terrorist was held responsible by the IDF for another five shooting attacks in the West Bank. He joined Hamas in 2002 at the behest of another resident of Beit Awa, Jihad Sweiti. Together, the two allegedly carried out several shooting attacks against Israeli vehicles in the West Bank between 2000 and 2003.

Early Monday morning, members from the Israel Police’s elite YAMAM counter-terror unit, alongside soldiers from the Nahal Brigade, surrounded Sweiti’s house and called on him to surrender. He refused and opened fire at the security forces, which returned fire and even used a new weapon called the Matador – a shoulder-launched missile, developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, that can be used to blow through concrete walls.

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