The Middle East and perhaps the entire world will be a better place today, after the IDF eliminated arch-terrorist Salah Shehada for assasination, a vicious Hamas mass murderer responsible for the gruesome masscares of dozens of innocent Israelis.
The Israeli press reported that Shehada was the founder of the militant Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip and the No. 1 man on the Israel Defense Force's wanted list in the last two years.
According to the Chicago Tribune, "residents said the target was the headquarters of a Palestinian intelligence agency."
Israeli airforce planes, including apparently 2 F-16s hovered outside the building and one of them fired a missile at their target, killing Shehada, together with his wife and 3 of his children.
This from Haaretz:
From news article:
Shehada, 40, was the commander of Iz a-Din el Kassam, the military wing of Hamas, and served as a close personal aide to the movement's spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. In addition to his extensive involvement in terror activity, he developed had gradually developed his reputation as a leader with religious authority and was seen as a possible future heir to Yassin.
Shehada's involvement in Hamas stretched back to the beginning of the first intifada, at the end of 1987, and he spent time in Israeli jails.
Shin Bet officials say he orchestrated the attack on an pre-army training course in the settlement of Atzmona in which five students were killed, and the infiltration into the "Africa" outpost near Kibbutz Kerem-Shalom in which four IDF soldiers were killed. He was also involved in the production of the "Kassam" rockets which were fired at settlements and into Israel.
Shehada cooperated closely with two other men high on Israel's wanted list in the Strip - Mohammed Deif and Adnan el Roul. In recent months the security establishment received information that Shehada was making contact with Hamas members in the West Bank, despite the physical separation between the two areas, and that movement members in Nablus were receiving orders from him.
Israel tried to kill Shehada on several occasions but he always managed to escape. Aware that the IDF was hunting him, Shehada spent long periods underground.
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Unfortunately, a few of Shehada's neighbors were also killed or injured, which is the price paid by some Palestinians as a result of terrorists hiding among the civilian population. I am truly sorry for the civilian casualties of the war against Arab terrorism and wish that the terrorists would have the backbone to display even a shred of human compassion for their fellow Palestinians by separating themselves from civilians.