Two videos have been released by Israel purporting to show the interrogation of “Hamas militants” as evidence that the Palestinian group has been using the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip for military purposes.
Israel today announced that its conflict with Hamas had “entered a new phase” as the military relentlessly attacked Gaza, marking three weeks since the start of the conflict triggered by the most deadly attack in the nation’s history.
Israel’s military accused Hamas of using Gaza’s hospitals as command centers for directing attacks, an accusation that Hamas denied.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson posted two videos on X, formerly Twitter, claiming to have additional proof of Hamas’ use of Shifa Hospital in Gaza for “terrorist activity”.
“The two militants were involved in the brutal massacre on October 7 in southern Israel. It should be noted that the IDF and ISA have also shared more intelligence on the subject with Western officials in the intelligence community,” said the IDF. ISA refers to Israel’s Internal Security Agency.
In the video, one of the alleged Hamas individuals can be heard saying, “Shifa, for example, there are underground levels. Shifa is not small. It is a large facility that can be utilized to hide things.”
The alleged Hamas individual also mentioned hiding in clinics, schools, hospitals, and other similar places to avoid being targeted by Israel.
The IDF and ISA reveal additional evidence of Hamas’ use of the Shifa Hospital for terrorist activity:
attached is footage from ISA interrogations of two terrorists regarding Hamas’ use of hospitals >> pic.twitter.com/oL0n1TCDZm
— דובר צה״ל דניאל הגרי – Daniel Hagari (@IDFSpokesperson) October 28, 2023
The United Nations cautioned that thousands more civilians could lose their lives as Israel escalated its ground operations in the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory, where rescuers stated that fierce overnight bombardments had destroyed hundreds of buildings.
The health ministry in Gaza, which is under Hamas control, reported that Israeli airstrikes had claimed the lives of 7,703 individuals, mostly civilians, with over 3,500 of them being children.
This conflict is the fifth and deadliest in Gaza since Israel unilaterally withdrew its troops and settlers from the Palestinian territory in 2005.
The UN human rights chief, Volker Turk, warned of “the potentially catastrophic consequences of large-scale ground operations in Gaza,” stating that “thousands more civilians” could perish.
With inputs from AFP
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