Israeli forces kill Palestinian behind Rabbi death
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian who they believed was behind the killing of Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark on 1 July, the BBC reported.
Mohamed Fakih, who belonged to Islamist group Hamas, was killed during an exchange of fire with Israeli troops at a village hideout.
Israeli media reports said Fakih started firing at the troops as they came forward to capture him in his hideout. His hideout was demolished with an anti-tank missile fired by the troops.
According to Hamas, Fakih was from the group’s armed wing the Izz al-Din Qassam Bridgades.
Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark was killed when his car was ambushed by Fakih and three others in the West Bank. Israel maintains that a recently arrested member of Palestinian security forces confessed about driving Fakih to the attack location.
The Israeli military said the three Palestinians who were arrested were linked to the ambush on the car and were “members of a terrorist cell with ties to Hamas”.
A spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister said a member of the Palestinian security forces who was recently arrested had driven Fakih to the location of the attack.
Rabbi Mark’s death is the 35th in the number of Israelis killed in attacks since October. Recently, an American-Israeli girl was stabbed to death in a settlement near Hebron. Meanwhile over 200 Palestinians have been killed in that same period.
Dispute between Israel and Palestine stems from the Israeli settlements in West Bank which Palestinians claim are illegal. The Israelis started constructing the houses after they won over Arab Armies in the 1967 Middle East war.
Since the 1970s, Left and Right wing governments have encouraged Israelis to move to settlements. There are now at least 5,70,000 settlers.
The international law calls the settlements as illegal. Israel disagrees and says they are built on disputed rather than occupied territory.
(With Agency inputs)