Israel undercover agents kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank hospital


JENIN, Palestine: Undercover Israeli agents, some disguised as medical staff, raided a West Bank hospital on Tuesday (Jan 30) and shot dead three Palestinians the army alleged were Hamas militants, in the first such operation in eight years.

An AFP photographer saw a bullet hole on a pillow covered in blood following the raid at Ibn Sina Hospital in the northern city of Jenin, where Palestinians gathered around the bodies of those killed.

The Israeli military said forces entered the hospital – a major health facility serving Jenin city and its adjacent refugee camp – to target a “Hamas terrorist cell”.

Announcing the killing by Israeli forces of three people inside the hospital, the Palestinian health ministry stressed healthcare facilities are granted special protection under international law.

“The minister of health calls urgently on the United Nations General Assembly, international institutions and human rights organisations to end the daily string of crimes committed by the occupation (Israel) against our people and health centres,” a ministry statement said.

CCTV footage said to be from the hospital shows multiple armed men and women, disguised in medical uniforms or civilian clothes, moving through the wards.

The video – which AFP could not immediately verify – shows them using a baby carrier and a wheelchair as props.



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