IDF kills terrorist near Hebron

Ali Sweiti killed six years after murdering border policeman.

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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 triedescaping from IDF troops who had surrounded his house near Hebron.
Wanted since the early 2000s, Sweiti was believed to have been behind aseries of deadly shooting attacks along Hebron-area roads throughoutthe second intifada.
On April 25, 2004, Sweiti killed border policeman Yaniv Mashiah andwounded two others in an ambush in the southern Hebron Hills onRemembrance Day. He had been on Israel’s most-wanted list and wasbelieved to be involved most recently in efforts to reestablish Hamasmilitary infrastructure in the West Bank.

A resident of Beit Awa, the 42-year-old terrorist was held responsibleby the IDF for another five shooting attacks in the West Bank. Hejoined Hamas in 2002 at the behest of another resident of Beit Awa,Jihad Sweiti. Together, the two allegedly carried out several shootingattacks against Israeli vehicles in the West Bank between 2000 and 2003.
Early Monday morning, members from the Israel Police’s elite YAMAMcounter-terror unit, alongside soldiers from the Nahal Brigade,surrounded Sweiti’s house and called on him to surrender. He refusedand opened fire at the security forces, which returned fire and evenused a new weapon called the Matador – a shoulder-launched missile,developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, that can be used to blowthrough concrete walls.