Palestinian Killed in Israeli Raid on Hebron Hospital

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A 27-year-old Palestinian was killed early on Thursday during an Israeli military raid on a Hebron hospital.

An IDF plainclothes unit numbering about 20, according to eyewitnesses, entered the Al Ahli Hospital in order to arrest Azam Shalaldah, 20, who was hospitalized in the surgical ward. According to Israeli security agencies Shalaldah was wanted for committing a West Bank stabbing attack on October 25 that left one Israeli moderately wounded.

Palestinian sources say the force was dressed up as a group of Palestinians escorting a woman in labor.

According to Palestinian sources, while the force was arresting Shalaldah, his cousin, 27, returned from the bathroom and surprised the force. He was shot in his torso three times. The Shin Bet said that the cousin attacked the force and was shot as a result. Palestinian sources reported he died. Shalaldah was taken into custody.

Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency issued a statement afterwards saying "it will not permit terror operatives to hide in any places of refuge."

Shalalda's brother, Bilal, told Reuters TV: "As soon they entered the room they tied me to the bed. (My cousin) was inside the bathroom and wanted to wash for prayer. As he was exiting the bathroom, one of the under cover men shouted at him to stop and they opened fire.

"He remained on the ground bleeding and they hit my brother on his head and took him away."

Physicians for Human Rights Israel issued a statement reading: "Time and again Israeli security forces violate the special protection forded to hospitals and medical facilities. By doing so they are putting patients, hospital staff, and visitors at risk." The organization further warned that these practices will take a toll in life and demanded Israel put a stop to them.

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