IAF Kills 2 Islamic Jihad Terrorists, Hamas Overrides Abu Mazen

Two leading Islamic Jihad terrorist leaders were killed in a surgical Israel Air Force strike in Gaza Monday afternoon. Defense Minister Mofaz says that no one who engages in terror will be immune.

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 09:59

The killed terrorists, Ashraf Shaluf and Monair Sukir, were responsible for launching Kassam rockets at Israeli targets. Three other bystanders were also killed in the attack, which took place in the Saja'iye neighborhood of Gaza.

Islamic Jihad, as expected, has threatened retaliation with additional rockets towards Ashkelon.

Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz said today that Ismail Haniye, the man designated to preside as prime minister over the soon-to-be-formed Hamas government, is also not immune from an IDF targeted killing. "No one who is involved in terrorism, not even Haniye and other Hamas leaders, will be safe from this policy of ours," Mofaz told Army Radio today.

Mofaz said that the targeted-killing policy proved itself in impeding Hamas terror, "and it will be the same with Islamic Jihad. We just need some patience."

Meanwhile, tensions in Gaza were high yesterday as Hamas took advantage of its parliamentary majority to revoke Fatah legislation granting PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) special privileges.

Dozens of armed Fatah members marched on the Hamas parliament building in Gaza, shooting in the air. They were specifically protesting the sacking of a Fatah member as the director-general of the legislature, in favor of a Hamas member.

Fatah lawmakers also walked out of the parliamentary session after Hamas voted to revoke Abu Mazen's right to appoint judges without the parliament's approval.