Mother of Otniel rabbi killer says son ‘a hero’

The mother of a Palestinian terrorist who killed Rabbi Miki Mark in a West Bank drive-by shooting on July 1 praises her son, who was killed in a shootout with IDF soldiers earlier on Wednesday.

Muhammad al-Fakih’s mother tells Hamas TV her son “was a hero and a man who wanted to die as a shahid [martyr] and succeeded in doing so,” according to Channel 10 news.

Fakih died West Bank village of Surif, north of Hebron, early Wednesday morning when the Israel Defense Forces fired anti-tank missiles before bulldozing the house in which he was hunkered down.

The army said the three other cell members — Fakih’s brother, Sahir; their cousin Muaz Fakih; and Mohammed Omaireh — all belong to the Hamas terror group, which rules the Gaza Strip and has seen growing popularity in the West Bank.

Mark was killed in the July 1 terror attack that also left his wife seriously injured. Two of his children were also hurt in the attack.

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