SEVENTY BULLETS AND AN EX­PLOD­ING PHONE

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ONE of the most spec­tac­u­lar killings at­trib­uted to The Mos­sad took place in 1987 in Tu­nis, where top PLO aide Khalil al-Wazir was liv­ing.

The op­er­a­tion in­volved some 30 agents, who reached the Tu­nisian coast­line in small boats.

Some of them pre­tended to be tourists while mak­ing their way to the house of the most im­por­tant hench­man of then PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

Oth­ers took up po­si­tions wear­ing Tu­nisian army uni­forms.

Fly­ing over­head dur­ing the op­er­a­tion was an Is­raeli Boe­ing 707, which was meant to jam all com­mu­ni­ca­tions on the ground.

The as­sas­si­na­tion squad forced its way into the house and killed a few ser­vants be­fore turn­ing their guns – and 70 bullets – on al-Wazir in front of his wife and chil­dren.

In Oc­to­ber 1995, Fathi Shikaki, a mem­ber of the Pales­tinian ter­ror­ist group Is­lamic Ji­had, was killed in Malta by an as­sas­sin who rode up on a mo­tor­cy­cle and shot his vic­tim three times in the head.

In 1996, Ye­hiyeh Ayyash, the no­to­ri­ous Ha­mas bomb­maker known as “The En­gi­neer”, was killed in the Gaza Strip when his booby-trapped cell phone ex­ploded.

And in Septem­ber 2004, an­other lead­ing mem­ber of Ha­mas – Izz El­dine Subhi Sheik Khalil – met his end in Da­m­as­cus when an ex­plo­sive det­o­nated be­neath his car.

Al­hough Is­rael did not of­fi­cially take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, it was un­der­stood as be­ing a sig­nal to Syria’s lead­ers that even their cap­i­tal city was not be­yond the reach of Is­raeli agents.

SPEC­TAC­U­LAR

KILLING: Khalil al-Wazir

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