The Israeli military said it had entered Gaza’s largest hospital early Wednesday local time, breaking a standoff against the facility thought to serve as a hub of Hamas military activities, according to Israel’s military and media reports.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it was carrying out “a precise and targeted operation” against Hamas in a localized area of the Al-Shifa Hospital, which it has so far balked at entering due to the medical personnel and patients in the facility, s, according to The Associated Press. But Israeli authorities have said it serves as a primary nodes for the Hamas terrorist groups‘ military operations.
“IDF forces are carrying out a precise and targeted operation against Hamas in a specified area in the Shifa Hospital, based on intelligence information and an operational necessity,” Israel’s military said in a social media statement. “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.”
The IDF said it warned multiple times over recent weeks that Hamas’ continued use of the hospital for military purposes was endangering its status as a protected non-military target under international law. (Read more from “Israeli Military Enters Gaza’s Largest Hospital in Targeted Operation Against Hamas” HERE)
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