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Israel resumes militant assassination policy

[JURIST] Citing recent attacks, Israel announced Wednesday it has resumed a policy of "targeted assassinations" of Islamic Jihad militants, abandoned in February as part of a ceasefire deal. The policy has proved controversial, with critics disputing its legality [EJIL article] and questioning whether such killings are committed in self-defense, whether they necessary to prevent immediate threats, and whether those targeted should be considered enemy combatants. Israeli Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra [official profile] confirmed a failed missile attack against militants in Gaza Tuesday following a meeting [BBC coverage of the summit] between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian National Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Reuters has more. The American Society for International Law provides a backgrounder.

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