Undercover Israeli forces dressed as medical staff kill three activists in a raid on a West Bank hospital, officials said
Israeli Special forces in civilian clothes and medical staff infiltrated Ibn Sina Hospital in the occupied West Bank city Embryo On Tuesday, three Palestinian men were killed, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials.
Hamas said the men were fighters from the Jenin Brigades, an umbrella group that includes armed Palestinian factions in the West Bank city. The IDF said they were terrorists linked to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and an Israeli government minister praised the operation.
The Palestinian News Agency (Wafa), citing sources from inside the hospital, reported that members of the masked special forces “infiltrated the hospital individually, went to the third floor, and assassinated the young men.”
The Israeli military said it targeted Hamas fighter Muhammad Jalamneh who “was recently involved in promoting major terrorist activity and was hiding in Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin.”
The Israeli army said that two brothers were also killed in the raid: “Muhammad al-Ghazawi from the Jenin camp, a terrorist activist from the Jenin Brigades who participated in numerous attacks including shooting at IDF soldiers in the area, and Basil al-Ghazawi.” From the Jenin camp, Muhammad’s brother, who is active in the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization and involved in terrorist operations in the region.
Far-right Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir posted on social media a surveillance video from inside the hospital that appears to show Israeli forces carrying assault rifles, dressed as medical staff and nurses, and women wearing hijab, one carrying a wheelchair and another carrying a child’s car seat.
“I congratulate and reinforce the Israeli police naval commandos for their impressive operation last night in cooperation with the Israeli army and Shin Bet in the Jenin refugee camp, which led to the elimination of three terrorists,” Ben Gvir said alongside the video. On X.
The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, announced that Al-Jalamna is a member of it and published a picture of him. She said that “he was martyred by the bullets of a special force from the occupation army that infiltrated Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin along with his companions Muhammad and Basil Ayman al-Ghazawi,” describing them as “martyrs of combat.”
Ibn Sina Hospital said that Basil Al-Ghazawi was receiving treatment for injuries he sustained as a result of a missile explosion inside the Jenin cemetery last October, when special forces killed him on Tuesday morning. The hospital said the three men were asleep at the time of the attack.
There were no reports of any other casualties in the raid.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health condemned the attack and targeting of a health center, and called on the United Nations General Assembly and non-governmental organizations to provide the necessary protection for medical treatment centers and emergency crews.
This crime comes after dozens of crimes committed by the occupation forces against treatment centers and staff. The ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that international law provides general and specific protection for civilian sites, including hospitals.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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