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Haniyeh urges Tunis to sue Israel over assassination

Nov. 7, 2012 7:43 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 10, 2012 12:25 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday said Mossad agents who assassinated a Palestinian leader must be put on trial.

Khalil al-Wazir, known as Abu Jihad, was killed by Israeli operatives in Tunis in 1988, an Israeli newspaper revealed Thursday. Yediot Ahronoth published an interview with the commando who led the operation, after military censors cleared the story.

Abu Jihad was Yasser Arafat's deputy at the time. He was buried in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. His killing was condemned by the United States shortly after as an "act of political assassination."

Tunisia's Wafa party said Sunday it would sue Israel over the assassination.

Haniyeh met Wednesday with Mawlidi Mujahid, leader of Tunisia's Al-Asala party, in Gaza and urged the prosecution of Abu Jihad's killers in Tunisian courts.

The Gaza premier applauded Tunisia as the birthplace of the Arab Spring said Tunisian people had historically been supporters of the Palestinian cause.
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