Israeli agents execute Palestinian man as he visits his cousin in hospital
A Palestinian man was killed by undercover Israeli agents in a West Bank hospital last night, Palestinian and Israeli sources confirmed.
Local reports say that the victim was related to Azzam Shalaldeh, who is suspected of being behind a recent anti-Israeli attack
"Abdallah Shalaldeh, aged 27, was killed by a unit of [undercover agents] at the Hebron hospital," said the Palestinian health ministry.
The Israeli army said the purpose of the raid was to detain Azzam Shalaldeh, who they believe recently stabbed an Israeli settler to death in the West Bank.
The director of Hebron's al-Ahly hospital, Jehad Shawar, told Palestine radio that 20-30 men arrived and entered under the guise of escorting a pregnant woman in a wheelchair.
A large group of men carrying pistols and rifles were captured by CCTV inside the hospital.
"They held the staff at gunpoint and stormed the room of Shalaldeh," Mr Shawar said.
Mr Shalaldeh's brother Bilal, who was asleep in the room, said he was tied to the bed by the Israeli forces.
A cousin, Abdallah, who was in the bathroom, was shot dead when he suddenly entered the room, Mr Shawar said.
Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awad accused Israeli security forces of "executing" Abdallah al-Shalaldeh, who he said was visiting a relative inside the hospital.
"The international community must intervene to protect our people from the Israeli killing machine," he said.
Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency said in a statement that it "will not permit terror operatives to hide in any places of refuge".
Israel's internal security services confirmed the raid, saying that Israeli forces fired when the man, thought to be close to Azzam Shalaldeh, who carried out a knife attack in October, tried to resist arrest.