Tamil Diplomat

Man killed in Israeli security action at Palestinian hospital

Undercover Israeli authorities shot and killed a Palestinian man inside a West Bank hospital Thursday, the Palestinian health minister said.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that members of the military, the Israel Securities Authority and the Israeli police conducted a joint operation overnight at the Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron to arrest a man they said was involved in an attack October 25 in the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion, in the West Bank.

The suspect, Azam Shalaldeh, was being treated at the hospital for injuries sustained in the raid, the IDF reported. The Israeli military said Shalaldeh’s relatives were Hamas operatives.

While the arrest process was taking place, one of Shalaldeh’s family members attacked Israeli authorities and was shot, according to the Israel Securities Authority, which is also known as Shin Beit.

The chief spokesman of the hospital in Hebron, Abdallah Salam Abu Khalaf, told CNN that the joint Israeli undercover unit involved in the operation was made up of 21 people.

“It should be emphasized that the security system will not allow the existence of places of refuge for terror activists wherever they are,” Shin Beit said in its statement. (CNN News)