Abed el-Majed Duddin, killed in a joint IDF and Israeli Police arrest operation in a village southeast of Hebron, was responsible for the murder of 10 Israeli civilians in suicide bombings in 1995.

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

Abed el-Majed Duddin, was the head of the military wing of the Hamas terror organization in the village of Dura and in the Mount Hebron area. He was directly involved in the planning and execution of terror attacks since 1995 and specifically the murder of 10 Israeli civilians in suicide bombings in 1995. Duddin was killed last night during a joint IDF and Israeli Police arrest operation in the village of Dir El Assal A-Tahta, southeast of Hebron. Duddin was 45 years old.

During the operation, the forces surrounded a residence Duddin was using as a hideout, and called on him to exit it. When he failed to do so, the forces attempted to force him out of the house, at which point Duddin opened fire at them. The forces responded by firing back and killed him. In addition, the forces arrested Duddin’s assistant, Ahmad A’a Fatah Khasin, 45 years old.

Duddin was first added to the wanted list in 1995, when he recruited and directed the suicide bomber Suffiane Sabiah. Sabiah murdered four Israeli civilians and wounded over a hundred when he detonated himself on a bus operating near a school in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood of Jerusalem on August 21, 1995. Earlier in the year, on July 24th, Duddin was responsible for the execution of a suicide bombing on a bus in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan in which six Israeli civilians were killed and 31 were wounded.

A few days after the suicide bombing in Ramat Eshkol, Jerusalem, Palestinian Security forces arrested Duddin, and he was imprisoned in Jericho. He was released in September 2000 with the outbreak of the second intifada and immediately returned to work for Hamas’ military arm, becoming a senior commander in the terror organization.

Since his release from prison, Duddin continued to make enormous efforts to launch terror attacks and kill Israeli civilians. He, along with a number of other terror operatives, formed the core of the Hamas’ terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria and specifically in the Mount Hebron area. He directed a heavily armed terrorist cell, which was uncovered by Israeli security forces in 2004, that was planning to launch a terror attack on a train traveling between Tel-Aviv and Beersheva. Duddin was also responsible for recruiting, training and arming Hamas terror operatives, launching gunfire attacks against Israeli vehicles and planning terror attacks in the Lachish and Hebron Mount regions. Among the senior terrorists who worked with Duddin, were Yakhih Ayash, Mohi A-Din Sharif, Ibrahim Hamed and Saleh Talakhme. Many of those working with Duddin were arrested and imprisoned over the years, while he was able to hide in various locations and evade arrest until this morning.

Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Brig. Gen Noam Tibon praised the operation and said: "We will reach all terrorists who killed Israeli civilians. We will continue to fight and defend the citizens of Israel." OC Central Command, Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni also praised the operation as a successful component in the continuing battle against terrorism.