At three a.m. Thursday morning, two minivans containing an Israeli task force stopped in front of the Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron. Their target: Azzam Shalaldeh, a man who had tried to assassinate an Israeli elder last month. The men dismounted their vehicles, each group following their own objective. In the meantime, other SF elements were quietly securing the perimeter from a distance.

With beards, keffiyeh scarves on their heads, and one teammate disguised as a pregnant woman, the men entered the hospital. The soldier disguised as a woman was transported in a wheelchair by “her family.” The intel was solid and the crew knew exactly which floor and room they were after. The operation went smoothly until the crew began drawing too much attention from the hospital staff, which had little to do at three in the morning.

At some point, the crew drew their pistols and SMGs after realizing the hospital staff was getting suspicious. Some of those pistols were hidden within the wheelchair. The crew began making their way toward their target, clearing the corridor, closing in on the room containing their target. As soon as the crew reached the room, they stormed inside and cleared it. They apprehended and tied up the target’s brother beside the bed and moved the high-value target (HVT) to the wheelchair (while monitoring his medical condition). As the crew prepared to exfil, the target’s cousin, Abdullah Shalaldeh, showed up—catching the crew by surprise as he exited the nearest bathroom.

His reaction in that moment was to attack the operators. It resulted in his death, with no injuries to the Israeli team. Later on, when the family picked up Abdullah’s body, they claimed that he had been executed. The family also admitted he’d responded to the presence of the Israeli task force with violence.