Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders condemns undercover hospital raid

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This last Thursday night, Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemned the killing of Abdullah Shalaldah by undercover israeli occupation forces inside al-Ahli hospital in Hebron.

Amnesty International said that the killing of the 28-year-old Palestinian may amount to an “extrajudicial execution”, according to Maan News. “The fact that Abdullah Shalaldah was shot in the head and upper body suggests this was an extrajudicial execution, adding to a disturbing pattern of similar recent incidents by Israeli forces in the West Bank which warrant urgent investigation,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

“Israeli forces must immediately cease their use of intentional lethal force against people who are not posing an imminent threat to life. The killing of Abdullah Shalaldah is the latest in a pattern of killings by Israeli forces which Amnesty International considers to have been unlawful,” Amnesty reported.

In a statement, Doctors without Borders said that “the relevant military authorities to respect the special status that [International Humanitarian Law] grants to medical facilities and the wounded and sick.”

According to Maan News, MSF demanded that the relevant authorities inform and train “members of the armed forces on their obligation to respect medical facilities and personnel, as well as patients… and their caretakers” in order to prevent another incident of this kind.

MFS said the organization is “very concerned about the fate of the patient taken away from the hospital and strongly demands to the Israeli authorities to provide the adequate medical attention and information on his conditions in the shortest delay.” The organization also requested that Israel allow Shalaldah to continue his mental health treatment through the organization.

Read full article about the raid at the hospital here.