Suspect in killing of border cop in Gaza riot identified as Islamic Jihad

Elior Levy |
Published: 10.14.21, 07:45
The identity of the terrorist who fatally shot Border Police Staff Sergeant Barel Hadaria Shmueli during violent clashes on the Gaza Strip border in July is a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's (PIJ) military wing, Ynet has learned through Palestinian sources on Thursday.
Hamas kept the suspect, who resides in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighborhood, in protective custody for weeks and imposed a sweeping gag order on his identity before he was released, fearing Israeli retaliation.
Shmueli was gravely wounded on August 21 when the suspect, initially believed to be a Hamas militant, approached the border barrier in plainclothes and shot him in the head with a pistol from point-blank range through a gap in the wall.
Shmueli was rushed to Soroka Medical Center in critical condition where he had undergone several emergency surgeries but ultimately succumbed to his wounds nine days later.