IDF enters Al-Shifa hospital in ‘targeted operation’ against Hamas terrorists

Israeli troops found weapons and 'terrorist infrastructure' during the operation


People stand outside the emergency ward of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 10, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. Heavy fighting was raging near Al-Shifa hospital, with Israel saying it had killed dozens of militants and destroyed tunnels that are key to Hamas's capacity to fight. Israel launched an offensive in Gaza after Hamas fighters poured across the heavily militarised border on October 7, killing 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and taking around 240 hostages. (Photo by AFP) / "The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Removing Byline]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require." (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

(JNS) Israeli forces have entered Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City to conduct what the IDF said “was a precision operation” against Hamas terrorists.

IDF soldiers have been carrying out the operation, which launched overnight on Tuesday, taking in medical teams and Arabic-speaking soldiers who have undergone specialised training.

Israeli officials said soldiers found weapons and Hamas assets inside the hospital but stressed they had yet to find evidence that hostages were being held.

In a statement, the IDF said: “Based on intelligence information and an operational necessity, IDF forces are carrying out a precise and targeted operation against Hamas in a specified area in the Shifa hospital.

"The IDF forces include medical teams and Arabic speakers, who have undergone specified training to prepare for this complex and sensitive environment, with the intent that no harm is caused to civilians." 

As well as taking in medical teams and Arabic speakers, the IDF said that it was also supplying battery powered incubators for babies and baby food.

The IDF also said there was no “friction” with the medical centre patients and staff during the operation.

In recent weeks, Israel has argued it has evidence that Hamas has a command centre in the tunnel system underneath Al-Shifa. They also believe that the hospital is being used to keep some of the more than 240 hostages captured by Hamas on October 7.

An Israeli security official told Army Radio on Wednesday “we are starting small, and the operation will expand as necessary.”

The official said: “The decision was that we enter Al Shifa only if we know exactly what is there and where it is, as we did at Rantisi Hospital, which was only [raided] when we knew exactly what was in its basement.”

The raid comes hours after the US supported Israel's claims that the medical facility had been used by Hamas for its operations.

In a statement, the White House said it did not support air strikes on the hospital and that it "did not want to see" a firefight inside the hospital. It said patients "must be protected" during the raid.

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