Israeli forces, disguised as women and medical workers, conducted a raid in a hospital in the West Bank, killing three Palestinian terrorists.
The operation targeted a Hamas cell planning an attack.
The IDF stated that the terrorists were using the hospital as a hiding place.
The Palestinian Health Ministry condemned the raid, calling for international pressure on Israel to stop such operations in hospitals.
Israel has been criticized for similar actions in Gaza, but the IDF maintains that terrorists use hospitals as shelters and for launching operations.
“What happened is a precedent,” hospital spokesperson Tawfiq al-Shobaki said. “There was never an assassination inside a hospital. There were arrests and assaults, but not an assassination.”
“For a long time, wanted suspects have been hiding in hospitals and using them as a base for planning terrorist activities and carrying out terror attacks, while they assume that the exploitation of hospitals will serve as protection against counterterrorism activities of Israeli security forces,” the IDF stated.
“This is another example of the cynical use of civilian areas and hospitals as shelters and human shields by terrorist organizations.”