The Israeli Army announced in the first hour of this Wednesday (15th, Tuesday night in Brasília) that it was carrying out a “selective” operation within the Al-Shifa Hospitalthe most important in the Gaza Strip, where it ensures that the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas hides a commanding position.
“Based on intelligence information and operational necessity, the Israel Defense Forces carries out a selective and precision operation against Hamas in a specific sector of Al-Shifa Hospital,” the Army said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the White House stated that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have a command center in the basement of Al-Shifa Hospital, thus supporting Israel’s justification for focusing its military actions on these facilities.
According to John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, terrorist groups “use some hospitals in the Gaza Strip, including Al-Shifa Hospital, as a way to hide and support their military operations and hold hostages.” . “They have tunnels under these hospitals,” he added.
Hamas denied the US accusations. In a statement, the group stated that the accusation will incite Israel to “commit more massacres”, with the aim of “destroying Gaza’s health system and displacing Palestinians”.
Pressure is mounting on Israel over the military siege around Al-Shifa, where doctors say patients and civilians are trapped in appalling conditions. The UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) estimates that there are at least 2,300 people stranded while resources are exhausted.