At least five Hamas militants were killed by Israeli forces during a gun battle outside the hospital. No soldiers were injured.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that they found Hamas weapons and assets inside Al Shifa Hospital, a fact that indicates the presence of the terrorist group in it.
They do not exist clues to hostages currently being held in Sifabut the Israeli military believes that information about the captives may be found in the operation.
Israeli military says there were no ‘frictions’ between the troops and the patients and medical staff at the hospital during the ongoing operation.
Israeli tanks and military vehicles are “inside Shifa’s courtyard,” Qander al-Za’anun, a reporter for the Palestinian news agency Wafa, told CNN.
The Israeli army is “calling for young men through loudspeakers to raise their handsto come out and surrender,” Al Za’anun said.
Israeli soldiers were “in the buildings and sections (and) conducting operations investigation and interrogation of the young men amid intense and violent gunfire inside the hospital”the reporter added.
Premature babies undergoing treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza Strip relocated to another section of the hospital pic.twitter.com/ehQnO260cF
— Anadolu English (@anadoluagency) November 14, 2023
Our precise and targeted business against Hamas at Shifa Hospital is still in progress, the Israeli army announced on Wednesday morning.
“We can confirm that incubators, baby food and medical supplies brought by IDF tanks from Israel have successfully reached Sifa Hospital” is emphasized.
The military activity is taking place “in a designated compound for which there is information indicating terrorist activity” by Hamas and according to operational needs, IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said.
“Before entering the hospital, our forces encountered explosives and groups of terrorists and a battle ensued in which the terrorists were killed,” Hagari said.
Our medical teams and Arabic-speaking soldiers are in the field to ensure that these supplies reach those in need.
The IDF showed photos of the medical supplies and baby food before they were taken to Shifa Hospital.
A doctor at the hospital told Reuters that gunfire outside the hospital forced staff to stay away from windows for safety reasons after an Israeli raid.
The Israeli army announced earlier in the morning that forces conduct a “targeted” “precision” operation on him against militants of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in Al Shifa, the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip.
A Hamas health official reported that “dozens” of Israeli army soldiers are inside hospital buildings. Dr. Munir Abu al-Ris, director general of Hamas’ health ministry in the Gaza Strip, told Qatar’s Al Jazeera television that Israeli special forces they raided the western part of the building complex of the hospital.
“Large explosions are heard” in the field where they are, and “inside the hospital,” he said.
Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kindra told the same television network later that “the occupation army is in the basement, searching the basement,” adding that Israeli military personnel “they shoot and use explosives.”
According to Mohammed Zaqut, director of hospitals in the Gaza Strip, Israeli special forces initially raided the emergency department and operating rooms.
Patients panicked, said Dr. Al Reese.
2nd Actual CCTV Footage of Al shifa hospital
Sources claim that heavy tanks also reached Alshifa.
Note that medic already confirmed of no Hammas fighter inside Alshifa
Pray for Palestine 🤲🇵🇸 pray for the safety of all para medical staff and kids who are in hospital 🙏#AlShifaHospital pic.twitter.com/OA6BwDvIpS
— Palestinian Soul (@NadeemMania) November 15, 2023
Earlier, Chahal, the Israeli army, announced that it had begun an operation in Shifa, in which thousands of people areas, according to him as well as a representative of the American presidency, there is a “strategic” facility of Hamas.
Members of it are “carrying out a targeted precision operation against Hamas in a specific area of Shifa Hospital,” said a statement made public via X (formerly Twitter), written in English.
The teams carrying out the operation include members of the “medical corps” and “Arabic-speaking” military personnel, while “special training” has been carried out to “prepare them for this complex and sensitive environment”. with “the intention of not harming civilians”, which are “used as human shields”.
#BREAKING| The Israeli military is breaking into Al Shifa Hospital right now as part of its war on #Gaza‘s hospitals. The raid comes while there is no press coverage or international organizations from inside the hospital.#انقدوا_مستشفى_الشفاء pic.twitter.com/E4Zr6cZcBA
— Haider al-Shami (@Shami0x) November 15, 2023
The Israeli army demanded that “all” the fighters of the Palestinian Islamist movement who, according to it, are “inside” the hospital, “surrender”.
No clarification has been given as to who specifically was the target of the raid.
Dr. Al Rees told AFP that Israeli “armored” and “special forces” entered the Shifa compound and called on the UN and the international community to intervene “immediately” to end the operation.
Thousands of people, sick, wounded, members of the health army and displaced because of the war that has been raging since October 7, ethey are piled into the building complex of Sifa, which is surrounded “on all sides” by the Israeli army, according to Hamas. According to the director of the hospital, “179 bodies” were buried yesterday Tuesday in a mass grave.
Instead of treating the sick, Hamas uses hospitals for terrorism. This sick exploitation of the Gazan people must be stopped.
The IDF is conducting a ground operation in Gaza to defeat Hamas and rescue our hostages. Israel is at war with Hamas, not with the civilians in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/SwW3QtQxGZ
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 15, 2023
“There are bodies scattered in the hospital corridors and the cold rooms of the morgues are no longer supplied” with electricity, said Dr. Muhammad Abu Salmiya.
On the night of Tuesday into Wednesday, the health ministry in the Gaza Strip said it had been alerted by the Israeli army of its intention to raid the hospital, at the center of hostilities with Hamas militants in recent days.
“The occupation (as Hamas refers to Israel) and President (US Joe) Biden bear full responsibility for the attack on the medical complex Shifa”, moreover, Hamas emphasized in its announcement in Arabic.
Earlier, the Palestinian Islamist movement warned against a possible “massacre” in the health structure.
The Israeli military says Hamas’ strategic infrastructure is hidden in Shifa and that the Palestinian Islamist movement uses the civilian population as a “human shield”, which the movement denies.
Dramatically, the White House said Tuesday that Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, another movement, have installed “command and control center” at Sifa Hospital.
— Zahra (@JDWisdCh286g2f7) November 15, 2023
“The adoption by the White House and the Pentagon of the false occupation narrative that the resistance is using the Al Shifa medical complex for military purposes gives the green light to the Israeli occupation to commit new barbaric massacres in hospitals in order to destroy the system health of Gaza,” Hamas, which Israel, the US and the EU label a “terrorist” organization, said in a statement written in English.
After the start of the operation, a representative of the national security council of the US presidency said that “We don’t support airstriking a hospital and we don’t want to see a battle inside a hospital where innocent people, helpless people, sick people, trying to get the medical care they need, will find themselves in the crossfire.” Emphasizing that “we will not comment in detail on an ongoing Israeli operation”, he added that “as we have already said, hospitals and patients must be protected”, repeating a phrase of President Biden a few days ago.
Right now outside Shifa Hospital. https://t.co/DLOFm6xzjV pic.twitter.com/UDW3jOuMp5
— Khaled Soliman (@VyprCEO) November 15, 2023
“During the past few weeks, we have repeatedly warned that the continued use of the Shifa hospital for military purposes ends its protection under international law,” Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari said last night, shortly before the raid.
Identical wording was included in the announcement about the operation, which is being conducted “based on information gathered and due to operational necessity.”
According to the spokesman Hagari, the army “informed the competent authorities of Gaza that all military activities inside the hospital had to stop within 12 hours”. but “unfortunately this did not happen”.
The Israel/Hamas war was triggered by the unprecedented attack launched on Israeli soil by militants of the Palestinian Islamist movement on October 7, with an account some 1,200 dead, mostly civilians. Since then, the Israeli army has been relentlessly pounding the Gaza Strip. With the war now in its 40th day, in the Gaza Strip at least 11,320 people have been killed, also the vast majority of them civilians, among them 4,650 children, according to the Hamas Health Ministry.
🚨For 39 days now, Hamas has been launching thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians—today was no different🚨 pic.twitter.com/QiN7ofhf2s
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 14, 2023
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