Senior Hamas military operative dies in shootout with Israeli special forces
RAMALLAH — Israeli special forces killed a senior member of Hamas's Izzedin Kassam
military wing in an operation near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. On
April 26, Ali Sweti, wanted by Israel since 2002, was killed in a shootout
at the home of his relative in Beit Awa.
The 42-year-old Sweti, survived by two wives and 14 children, was
regarded as a leading Hamas military operative, Israeli and Palestinian
"A force surrounded the building in which Sweti was hiding and called on
him to surrender," an Israeli military statement said. "Sweiti refused and
opened fire at the forces, who then used engineering tools in addition to
firing at the building's exterior wall, in order to cause him to surrender.
The terrorist continued to fire at the force and was ultimately killed."
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Sweti was part of a Hamas military cell in the southern West Bank that targeted Israeli soldiers and
Jews, Middle East Newsline reported. In 2004, Sweti was believed to have planned an attack in which an
Israeli border police officer was killed near Hebron.
"Sweti escaped an attempted arrest in February 2007," the military
The killing of Sweti took place amid a reported Hamas weapons buildup in
the West Bank. Palestinian sources said the Palestinian Authority captured a
huge Hamas weapons cache near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
The cache was said to have contained weapons, ammunition and hundreds of
kilograms of explosives. The sources said the cache was found after the
arrest of a Hamas military commander by the PA's Preventive Security
Sweti was identified as a member of Hamas's Jahad Mahmad Ismail Sweti
squad. Sweti was said to have have been recruited to Hamas in 2002, and
immediately began planning attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.