Israeli undercover officers kill Palestinian man in hospital during arrest of his cousin

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli undercover officers shot and killed a Palestinian man in a West Bank hospital while arresting a patient, his cousin, who was accused of stabbing an Israeli man.

The undercover operatives entered a Palestinian hospital in the Hebron area dressed as Palestinians, with one female officer in a wheelchair pretending to be pregnant and in labor, according to reports.

The officers arrested Azzam al-Shalalda, 20, who is accused of stabbing an Israeli man who exited his ar after coming under attack by rock-throwing Palestinians near Jerusalem. Shalalda was shot during the stabbing attack, but escaped and was being treated in the Hebron-area hospital.

His cousin, Abdallah Azzam Shalaldah, 27, was shot and killed during the raid when he entered the room where the arrest was taking place from the bathroom, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

The Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service confirmed the raid and the shooting to Israeli media.

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