Israel army assassinates Islamic Jihad activist

Israel army assassinates Islamic Jihad activist
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:43:03

Israeli troops have killed an Islamic Jihad activist, officials say, with the Palestinian resistance movement confirming his death.

The Palestinian was killed as troops stormed an area between the West Bank villages of Bilin and Kufr Ne'meh, 10 kilometers (six miles) northwest of Ramallah, sparking a gunfight which ended at a cave, local Palestinian witnesses and medics said on Tuesday.

The Tel Aviv regime’s military spokesman Avichay Adraee confirmed the incident, naming the dead man as Mohammed Assi.

In a separate Tweet, the army's official spokesman Peter Lerner described him as the "planner" of the 2012 bombing of a Tel Aviv bus.

Islamic Jihad confirmed Assi was one of its members in a statement on its website and said that he was "assassinated by the occupation in Kufr Ne'meh."

Local witnesses told AFP the incident began at 5:00 am (0200 GMT) when Israeli troops entered Bilin then moved into an area between the village and nearby Kufr Ne'meh, sparking gunfire.

Troops surrounded a cave in the area and bulldozed it, a Palestinian medic at the scene said.

Local witnesses confirmed troops were hunting for Assi, saying he was a wanted Islamic Jihad activist.
The Tel Aviv bombing took place on November 21 on a bus near the Defense Ministry.

The attack came as Israel was engaged in major airstrikes on the Gaza Strip that ended with a mutual ceasefire several hours later.

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