Gaza – Israeli troops entered Gaza’s largest hospital yesterday and searched its rooms and basements, according to witnesses, in search of Palestinian Hamas militants, an operation that fueled global alarm over the thousands of civilians trapped inside.
Gaza City’s Al Shifa hospital has become the main target of the raid by Israeli forces, who claim that Hamas fighters located the “beating heart” of their operations in a headquarters in tunnels beneath it. which Hamas denies.
Israel said its troops discovered unspecified weapons and “terrorist infrastructure” inside the hospital complex after killing militants in a clash outside. Once inside, they stated that there had been no fighting or friction with civilians, patients or staff. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the entry of his forces into the hospital after days of siege and said in a statement that “there is no place in Gaza that we cannot reach. There are no hiding places. There is no shelter or refuge for Hamas murderers. We will arrive and eliminate Hamas and bring back our hostages. “They are two sacred missions.”
Witnesses described a situation that appeared calm, though tense, as Israeli troops moved between buildings carrying out searches. Sporadic gunshots were heard, but there were no immediate reports of injuries inside the compound. The Israeli army released photos of a soldier next to cardboard boxes that read “medical supplies” and “baby food,” on a place that was inside Al Shifa. Other photos showed soldiers in tactical formation walking past makeshift tents and mattresses.
International attention has focused on the fate of hundreds of patients trapped inside, without electricity to run basic medical equipment, and thousands of displaced civilians who had sought refuge there. Gaza authorities say many patients, including three newborns, have died in recent days as a result of the Israeli siege of the hospital. Combat “Before entering the hospital, our forces faced explosive devices and terrorist squads, There were battles in which terrorists were killed,” the Israeli army declared.
“We can confirm that incubators, baby food and medical supplies brought by IDF tanks from Israel have successfully arrived at Shifa Hospital. Our medical teams and Arabic-speaking soldiers are on the ground to ensure these supplies reach those who need them,” he added.
The United Nations Security Council was scheduled to vote late yesterday on a draft resolution calling for urgent and prolonged humanitarian pauses in the fighting, as well as corridors throughout the Gaza Strip for a sufficient number of days to allow access for aid, diplomats said. Reuters Agency