Israeli special forces, dressed as civilians and medical personnel, infiltrated Ibn Sina Hospital in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin Tuesday and killed three Palestinians, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials.
CCTV footage shared on social media appeared to show a dozen commandos dressed as nurses, hijab-wearing women and others, one pushing a wheelchair and another carrying a baby car seat, as they took storming a hospital corridor with assault weapons.
Hamas said the men were fighters from the Jenin Brigades, a group of armed Palestinian factions in the West Bank city. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they were terrorists linked to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and an Israeli government minister praised the operation.
The disguised special forces “infiltrated the hospital individually, headed to the third floor and murdered the young men,” the Palestinian state news agency WAFA reported, citing sources inside the hospital.
The Israeli military said it targeted Hamas fighter Mohammed Jalamneh who “had recently been involved in promoting significant terrorist activities and was hiding at Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin.”
Two brothers were also killed in the raid, the IDF said: “Mohammed Al-Ghazawi of the Jenin camp, a terrorist from the Jenin Battalions who was involved in numerous attacks, including shooting at IDF soldiers in the area , and Basel Al-Ghazawi. from the Jenin camp, the brother of Mohammed, a member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization involved in terrorist activities in the region.
Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir shared the CCTV footage on social media and praised the raid.
“I congratulate and strengthen the Israeli Police Naval Commando forces for their impressive operation last night in cooperation with the IDF and the Shin Bet in the Jenin refugee camp, which led to the elimination of three terrorists,” said Ben Gvir alongside the video. on X.
Hamas’ military wing, the Al Qassam Brigades, claimed Jalamneh as a member and published a photo of him. He said he was “martyred by the bullets of a special force of the occupation army which infiltrated the Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin with his comrades Mohammed and Basil Ayman Al-Ghazawi”, calling them “fighting martyrs”.
Ibn Sina Hospital said Basil Al-Ghazawi was being treated for injuries sustained in a rocket explosion in the Jenin cemetery in October, when he was killed by special forces on Tuesday morning. The hospital said the three men were sleeping at the time of the attack.
No other casualties were reported during the raid.
The Palestinian Health Ministry condemned the attack and targeting of a health center and called on the UN General Assembly and NGOs to provide necessary protection to medical treatment centers and emergency teams.
“This crime follows dozens of crimes committed by the occupying forces against the treatment centers and their teams. International law provides general and special protection for civilian sites, including hospitals,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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