The commission of inquiry into the 2002 elimination of Hamas terror commander in Gaza, Salah Shehada, issued a report Sunday evening which sharply criticized the way it was carried out but placed no criminal blame. Shehada led the Izz Ad-din Al-Qassam terror wing of Hamas during a period in which hundreds of Israelis were killed by its suicide bombs and other attacks. The dropping of a bomb on a building where he was hiding also took the lives of his wife and nine children. Four others were killed and 50 people were wounded in the attack.
The report said there was no appropriate balance between Israel's responsibility to the safety of its citizens and its obligation not to wound noncombatants. The panel felt decision making in the attack on the Gaza City building was based on faulty intelligence which led to unexpected and untintentional results.