TEL AVIV (Dec. 25)
The body of Haim Cohen Halala, 39, one of four Beirut Jews kidnapped by Shiite Moslem extremists last March, was found by police today in the no-man’s-land between Christian east Beirut and the Moslem-populated western part of the city. The murdered man was identified by the police.
A Moslem group calling itself the “Organization of the Oppressed of the Earth” also identified him and took credit for the killing. It issued a statement saying: “We announce to the souls of the martyrs and to our Islamic nation the execution of Israeli spy Haim Cohen Halala in response to the massive shelling of south Lebanon in which several strugglers were killed.”
Halala was abducted by six gunmen on March 29 from his home in Wadi Abu Jamil, the Jewish quarter in west Beirut. The fate of the other three Jews seized at the same time is not known.