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Terrorist murderer is “hero of the Eilat Operation”

“Prisoner Muayyad Hijja’s family from the village of Barqa near Nablus experienced a hard night of waiting for his arrival, after Israel released him as part of an additional group of 26 prisoners [who had been arrested before the Oslo Accords.] Despite the delay in releasing the second group [of prisoners] yesterday [Oct. 30, 2013] until the early hours of the morning, scores of villagers gathered in front of his family home and waited for his arrival. At the same time, activists from Fatah and other factions decorated the village streets with Palestinian flags and photos of [Hijja], in preparation for the arrival of the ‘hero of the Eilat Operation (i.e., terror attack),’ who spent more than 21 years in Israeli prisons.
Muayyad was sentenced to life in prison for participating -- as part of a Fatah movement military cell -- in carrying out an armed attack in 1992 in the city of Eilat, which is located on the shores of the Red Sea, which led to the death of an Israeli and the wounding of another. Hijja, who had to swim to Eilat, was severely wounded, whereas his comrades died as Martyrs (Shahids) during the operation…
His brother Mu'in‬ Hijja told AFP (Agence France-Presse)… that ‘the cell commander drowned and became a Martyr, while Muayyad and the second fighter managed to swim to the Eilat shore, where they turned towards a hotel, shot an Israeli security guard and killed him.’”

Note: Muayyad Hijja - member of a Fatah terrorist cell who, along with another terrorist, murdered a security guard at a marine biology lab in Eilat (May 20, 2013). He and three other terrorists had swum from Jordan to Eilat to carry out the attack, but two drowned on the way. Hijja was released from prison in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.