International Herald Tribune
Thursday, July 26, 2001
Israel Kills Hamas Aide With Missile
The Associated Press
JERUSALEM A missile attack by the Israeli Army killed a senior member of the
militant Islamic group, Hamas, on Wednesday, witnesses and Israeli military
The Hamas official, Saleh Darwazeh, 38, was alone in his red Volkswagen when
it was hit by five rounds in the West Bank town of Nablus, the witnesses
said. The car was destroyed in the attack, which sent black plumes of smoke
into the air.
Palestinian ambulances rushed to the scene and emergency medical workers
recovered the body, which was torn to pieces by the force of the blast.
"This assassination is intended to hit the uprising with the aim of stopping
it," said Jamal Salim, a Hamas spokesman in Nablus. "Hamas will not hesitate
to respond to this brutal crime."
Mr. Darwazeh belonged to Hamas' political wing and was not part of the
military arm, Mr. Salim said, adding that Israel had arrested Mr. Darwazeh
several times in the past.
An Israeli Army spokesmen described Mr. Darwazeh as a senior terrorist who
was involved in planning the attacks that killed eight Israelis and wounded
more than 100 in recent months.
Several Palestinians near the scene said that, at first, they believed an
Israeli tank had fired shells at the car. But Israeli military officials,
speaking on condition of anonymity, said ground-to-ground anti-tank missiles
Hamas has carried out repeated bomb attacks against Israeli targets during
the current outbreak of violence and said it will continue its campaign
despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire declared last month.
Israel frequently has made targeted attacks against suspected Palestinian
militants, a policy that has drawn widespread international criticism.
Palestinians say more than 30 people have been killed in such attacks since
Israel has said that the assaults are necessary because the Palestinian
Authority has refused to crack down on militants attacking Israel.
Copyright � 2001 The International Herald Tribune
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