Senior Hamas terrorist eliminated in Gaza

Hamas terrorist Mazen Faqha, who was freed by Israel in Shalit deal, shot dead in Gaza. Hamas, Islamic Jihad blame Israel.

A senior Hamas terrorist was shot dead by gunmen in Gaza on Friday.

The Gaza interior ministry identified the terrorist as Mazen Faqha, who was released along with more than 1,000 other terrorists in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit in October of 2011.

Iyad al-Bozum, an interior ministry spokesman in Hamas-ruled Gaza, said that gunmen opened fire on Faqha in the Tell al-Hama neighborhood, according to AFP.

“An investigation has been launched,” he said, without providing further details.

Faqha was a senior Hamas official in Judea and Samaria but was transferred to Gaza after his release.

Faqha, according to the Hebrew-language Walla! news website, was behind many terrorist attacks against Israelis and was a senior member of the group’s so-called “military wing”.