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Tunisia to Sue Zionist Regime over Assassination of Abu-Jihad.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Tunis' Wafa Party plans to file a lawsuit against the Israeli regime for the 1988 assassination of Deputy Head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir, better known as Abu-Jihad.

Abu-Jihad was a founding member of Fatah and one of Yasser Arafat's top aides. He was assassinated on April 16, 1988 at his home in Tunis.

The announcement, made by Tunis' Wafa Party, followed a report in Yedioth Ahronoth's weekend magazine, which featured an interview given by Israeli army Colonel Nahum Lev, in which he confessed to being part of the hit squad that went after Abu-Jihad on Tunisian soil.

The interview was given shortly before Lev's death.

In the interview, Lev said he was part of the Sayeret Matkal team tasked with the mission. Sayeret Matkal is the Israeli army's elite Special Forces unit.

Wafa officials told Tunis' media that the suit will be filed based on the facts mentioned in the report, as well as on the testimony of a former top Tunisian official that argued over the years that the country's now-deposed president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, was involved in the hit.

A statement issued by the party said, "Based on an international convention C* such assassinations constitute a crime against humanity."

The legal action, however, stands to be presented only before a Tunis court at this point. The party also included Israel's "accomplices" in the lawsuit, but the statement did not elaborate further on their identity.

Tunisia's Wafa Party has a national platform based on the principles of the revolution and holds 12 parliament seats.

Israel denied any involvement in the assassination for years, and the interview was cleared for publication by the Military Censor only last week.

Lev, who was killed in a car crash in 2000, further confessed to being one of the officers who fired the kill shot.

In the interview, Lev recounted that night: The unit, its members masked, burst into the house and immediately took out Abu-Jihad's bodyguard.

One of the officers stormed the second floor with Lev on his heels. "He fired at Abu-Jihad first C*" Lev recounted.

"Then I fired, a long volley ... He was dead. Other officers confirmed it."

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