Findings of the inquiry into the death of Salah Shehadeh - Aug 2, 2002
- **Findings of the inquiry into the death of Salah Shehadeh - Aug 2, 2002
Information Department, Israel Foreign Ministry - Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 2 August 2002
Findings of the inquiry into the death of Salah Shehadeh
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)
The inquiry of the IDF action in which Salah Shehadeh, head of the
military arm of the Hamas in Gaza, was killed (on 22 July) was
concluded this afternoon.
A very thorough inquiry was conducted jointly by the IDF and the
ISA (Israeli Security Agency), and its findings were submitted today
to the Minister of Defense.
Salah Shehadeh, head of the terrorist arm that operated in the Gaza
Strip as well as in Judea and Samaria, was among the founders of the
Hamas and directly responsible for initiating and directing dozens of
attacks carried out over the last two years, in which dozens of
Israeli citizens have been killed and hundreds injured. In addition,
he was behind the financing of laboratories for the production of
Kassam missiles and was personally involved in the purchase and
manufacture of arms.
Recently, Shehadeh was involved in the planning and execution of
serious attacks, including outfitting a truck with 600 kilograms of
explosives for the purpose of blowing up the Gush Katif Bridge,
infiltrating terrorists into Israel in order to carry out a mass
attack at crowded places in Beer Sheba, as well as other bomb
The inquiry findings show that the procedures followed in the IDF
operation were correct and professional, as were the operational
The operation resulted in the elimination of a major terrorist
leader, who was sought through intelligence and operational means for
a long time. At the same time, the inquiry found shortcomings in the
information available, and the evaluation of that information,
concerning the presence of innocent civilians near Shehadeh, who at
the time was in an operational hide-out.
The IDF and the ISA stated that if their information had indicated
with certainty the presence of innocent civilians in Shehadeh's
vicinity, the timing or the method of the action would have been
changed, as was done a number of times in the past.
As a result of the inquiry's findings, conclusions were drawn with
important implications for future operations, to avoid a recurrence
of such a case in the future.
The IDF and the ISA will persist in fighting terrorism and preventing
terrorist attacks against Israelis, while continuing to take all
possible measures to prevent harm to innocent civilians in the
See Salah Shehade - Portrait of a Hamas Leader - IDF Spokesman