Shadi Sawa'ada, the Palestinian who killed six soldiers at the Ein Ariq checkpoint near Ramallah in February 2002, died at the Soroka hospital in Beersheba Tuesday. Sawa'ada, who was sentenced to six life terms in prison, was taken to the hospital from the Nafha prison after feeling sick.
Sawa'ada, 28, carried out the attack as a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Ramallah. He managed to escape the checkpoint and was picked up by IDF forces randomly during an arrest raid in July 2005.
In his investigation, Sawa'ada admitted to committing the attack, along with another Brigades member.
Margaret Kikis, whose son Benny died in the shooting, told Ynet that Sawa'ada's death was no consolation for her. "It doesn't make me happy or sad… I don't want to dwell on the past, but we've been through six tough and dark years. I would willingly have released this terrorist in exchange for the kidnapped soldiers."
Raanan Ben Zur contributed to the report