Palestinians mourn for 27-year-old Abdallah Shalalbeh, in the West Bank village of Sa’ir, near Hebron.
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Security camera footage of a deadly Israeli arrest raid in a West Bank hospital Thursday gave a rare glimpse into the murky undercover units that Israel contends are a key tool in preventing violence and Palestinians revile as a ruthless symbol of Israeli occupation.One man was shot to death during the sweep, identified by hospital workers as the suspect's cousin.Israel has long used undercover units to arrest wanted suspects.It said Shalaldeh, 22, was in the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound he suffered after being shot by his stabbing victim.Israel has used undercover units behind enemy lines since its founding in 1948 . But operations used against Palestinians took their current shape roughly 25 years ago, at the time of the first Palestinian uprising.In one videotaped case, undercover officers dragged a shooting suspect out of a West Bank hospital.Last month, a group of men posing as Palestinian protesters and mingling with rock-throwers in the West Bank were filmed suddenly drawing their weapons and arresting a protester.
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