Israeli forces arrested about 20 Hamas terrorists who were hiding inside Khan Yunis Hospital in Gaza – with the Jewish army assisted by medical staff awaiting the arrival of oxygen tanks, officials said.
Several IDF special units were deployed to Al Amal Hospital last week after intelligence indicated that Hamas members were operating within the civilian sphere, the IDF said on Saturday.
The soldiers, with the help of Al Amal Hospital crews, were able to locate the terrorists and surround them without firing a single shot or disrupting any medical procedures.
The Israeli army said in a statement: “This operation once again proves the cynical modus operandi of the Hamas terrorist organization, which uses hospitals and the civilian population to hide terrorists.”
The army added that Hamas members were arrested and transferred to Israel for investigation.
After the arrests, the Israeli army worked with the Coordination and Liaison Department in Gaza to deliver more than 20 oxygen tanks that were donated to the hospital.
The Israeli army indicated that before the operation, its forces were briefed on “the importance of preventing harm to patients, medical staff, civilians, and medical equipment, in accordance with international law.”
As with other medical facilities across Gaza, Al Amal Hospital is struggling to care for its patients as conflict from Israel and Hamas has injured tens of thousands of people.
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Nearly 68,000 people have been injured in the war so far, and the death toll in Gaza has exceeded 28,000, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.
The arrests at Al Amal Hospital were just a few hundred arrests over the past week in Khan Yunis, which continues to witness the heaviest fighting of the war.
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As the Israeli army advanced through Khan Yunis, the largest city in the southern Gaza Strip, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who had since fled the north fled to the south of Rafah.
Rafah, now the most populous city in Gaza and home to more than 1.4 million refugees, could see unprecedented levels of civilian casualties as the IDF prepares to invade it to destroy Hamas terrorists and try to locate the remaining 136 hostages in Gaza.
On Saturday, 43 Palestinians were killed in an airstrike in Rafah that killed Iman al-Rantisi, a senior Hamas police official.
President Biden warned Israel on Sunday against moving forward with the southern Gaza city of Rafah “without a credible and implementable plan to ensure the safety and support of the more than a million people taking refuge there.”
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