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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.
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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