by Miriam Elman
Mazen Faqha was a Hamas official responsible for organizing a 2002 suicide bombing attack in Israel.
Found guilty and given a life sentence for the crime that killed nine people and injured scores more, he was among the over 1000 terrorists—many of them also with blood on their hands and serving life sentences—released in 2011 as part of the prisoner exchange to free hostage IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
Faqha was deported to Gaza.
From there, according to Israeli officials, he became a “key planner” in setting up Hamas terror cells in the West Bank, directing them as they organized and launched deadly terror attacks against Israelis.
On Friday March 24th, 38-year-old Faqha was assassinated by assailants using silencers, The Times of Israel reports:
Faqha was shot dead near his home in Tel el-Hawa, a neighborhood in southwestern Gaza City, by [unknown] assailants using a weapon equipped with a silencer. He was hit by four bullets to the head…Hamas said Israel was to blame and vowed revenge…The identity and motive of the assailants was not immediately clear. There was no official comment from Israel on his killing.”
Below I review the fallout from the killing of Mazen Faqha.
Thousands of militants and civilians in Gaza and the West Bank turned out for his funeral processions, and a swirl of accusations by various Palestinian terror groups, which are blaming Israel for “waging a clandestine war” and are now…