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Findings of the inquiry into the death of Salah Shehadeh - Aug 2, 2002

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      **Findings of the inquiry into the death of Salah Shehadeh - Aug 2, 2002

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      Information Department, Israel Foreign Ministry - Jerusalem
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      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
      attacks.

      The inquiry findings show that the procedures followed in the IDF
      operation were correct and professional, as were the operational
      assessments.

      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
      vicinity.

      See Salah Shehade - Portrait of a Hamas Leader - IDF Spokesman
      http://www.idf.il/newsite/english/salah.stm

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