Israeli undercover officers shot, kill Palestinian man in Hebron hospital during arrest

Marcy Oster

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

The undercover operatives entered a Palestinian hospital in Hebron 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 got out of car after coming under attack by rocks thrown by 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 on the hospital. He was shot 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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