This was utterly predictable.
Two of three (later, according to a report in Ma’an News Agency four) suspects listed publicly as wanted in connection with the abduction, torture and murder of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza last week are now reported to have died yesterday, surrounded by Hamas forces during a siege on a house in which they had been hiding in Gaza.
According to the account presented by Hamas, they died at their own hands — one of them threw a grenade at the other two.
The grenade-thrower and one of the others has died. The third is wounded, and in Hamas custody. [No mention of any fourth suspect…]
The record of experience is that when Hamas goes after those who threaten its rule, no holds are barred. There are usually many casualties.
Questions are not welcomed — and in fact are received with derision. We are just supposed to accept it all as dictated.
This is why we should never expect to know what really happened in Vittorio’s case, which we wrote about earlier on this blog.
Without a great many details, Vittorio’s death is reported (through implication) to have happened before Hamas forces arrived on the scene.
It was the intention of Vittorio’s captors to kill him all along, we are told.
UPDATE: The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights [PCHR] issued a statement later in the day on Wednesday calling on “the Attorney General’s office in Gaza to open an into the circumstances of deaths of two wanted persons and the injury of a third one during an armed clash with security services in Nussairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday, 19 April 2011. [And in addition] PCHR emphasizes the importance of finalizing investigations into the hideous murder of the Italian solidarity activist, Vittorio Arrigoni, to reveal its circumstances and publishing the results of investigations”.