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November 10, 2002

Israel Kills Top Islamic Jihad Militant

A news item by now well noted. Worth contrasting what this killer had done and how he is viewed by his fellow killers
JENIN, West Bank, Nov. 9 -- The Israeli army today killed a senior Islamic Jihad militant[sic], and a soldier later died in a bomb attack.

The militant Palestinian group Islamic Jihad issued a statement in Beirut claiming responsibility for the bombing on a road Israeli troops were patrolling in the Gaza Strip and said it was "an initial response to the assassination of the martyr Iyad Sawalha."

Sawalha, head of Islamic Jihad's military wing in the northern West Bank, was shot and killed by Israeli troops in a pre-dawn house-to-house hunt in Jenin after he threw grenades in an attempt to escape, military sources said.

Palestinian medics confirmed Sawalha's death, which sparked new threats of revenge by militants on the eve of a meeting of Palestinian factions to discuss a proposed halt to suicide attacks in Israel.