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Palestinian officials deny reports that Israeli worked at Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron

Aug. 30, 2017 8:07 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 2, 2017 3:38 P.M.)
Screenshot of video taken during a deadly Israeli undercover raid on al-Ahli hospital in 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Palestinian officials and medical sources at al-Ahli hospital in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron vehemently denied rumors on Wednesday that an Israeli woman was at one point employed at the hospital and had assisted Israeli undercovers in carrying out a deadly raid on the hospital two years ago.

Rumors have been circulating for the past several days that an Israeli, disguised as a Palestinian nurse, was working at al-Ahli hospital, and that she had directly assisted a group of Israeli forces disguised as Palestinians -- known as Mustaarabin in Arabic -- raid and shoot dead Abdullah Azzam Shalaldeh in 2015.

A Palestinian security source said that Palestinian authorities had investigated the case after the reports emerged.

Following investigations and reviews of the hospital’s registrars and archives, the authorities determined that there was no record of a female Israeli working at the hospital. However, records were found that a doctor from a foreign country was provided training at the hospital for some two weeks in 2016.

Since Shalaldeh was killed during an army raid in 2015, there could not be a connection between the foreign doctor and the deadly raid, the sources said.

Sources from al-Ahli hospital said that the rumors were an attempt to “attack” the hospital, which is the largest in the occupied West Bank.

The sources called upon Palestinians to be careful when sharing information on social media, as some reports are published in order to “arouse conflicts in Palestinian society.”
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