Israeli settlers have sneaked into a medical center in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) and fatally shot a young Palestinian man hospitalized there for gunshot wounds sustained during clashes in the occupied Palestinian territories some weeks ago.
On Thursday morning, a group of 21 settlers made their way into the al-Ahli Hospital in al-Khalil under the disguise of the relatives of a pregnant woman, and went inside the room where injured Azzam Shalaldeh was resting, the Arabic-language Palestine al-Yawm news agency reported.
The assailants then took out pistols with silencers on and fired shots at Azzam, who died on the spot.
His cousin, who was in the room at the time of the incident, also sustained injuries.
The attackers took away Azzam’s body to an unknown location. He had been receiving medical treatment for critical injuries sustained during clashes in the town of Sa’ir some 20 days earlier.
Tensions in the occupied territories have dramatically escalated since the Israeli regime’s imposition of restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.
Palestinians are angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and their attacks on Palestinian properties, saying that the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.
Last month, senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called the recent spate of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds, an Intifada against the Tel Aviv regime.
Over 80 Palestinians have been killed in the recent escalation of violence since the start of October