IDF: Hamas shooting from inside al-Wafa hospital
The IDF reports that Hamas has been using the al-Wafa Hospital in eastern Gaza City to fire on IDF troops
within the last hour.
Hamas has used positions in the Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza to fire
automatic weapons and anti-tank missiles on soldiers, and the IDF fired
back in recent minutes, the army said Wednesday.
"The hospital was used for activating war rooms and command and control
centers by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad," the army said.
The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories has
issued repeated and direct warnings to the hospital's manager, and to
other Palestinians involved in running the hospital, the army said.
"Firing on our soldiers has grown in recent hours and endangered forces.
As a result, the IDF has decided to strike terrorists operating in the
hospital complex," it added.
Earlier, the IDF announced the results of an investigation into firing that destroyed part of the hospital
But a deeper initial investigation by the IDF, reported here by the Post
for the first time indicates that there was no firing directly on the
hospital, but only on a group of military targets, including combatants
firing rockets on Israel in real-time.
Also, the military official said that an initial deeper review of the
incident indicates that the hospital was not told to evacuate, as has
Rather, said the official, the warning was that rockets were being shot
directly from the hospital area, that Israel intended to hit those
firing the rockets and that at the very least, if the hospital could not
be evacuated, patients should move away from the windows.
In this narrative, the damage to the hospital was the unintentional indirect result of attacking the nearby rocket launchers.
IDF Maj. Gen Noam Tibon will be investigating all such incidents even
more fully and may even eventually report other conclusions, but this is
by far the most in-depth and specific version of events that the IDF
has given on this incident to date.
The damage to the hospital and the idea that the IDF was warning all of
its patients to evacuate was seen as particularly controversial because
the B'Tselem human rights group has said that the hospital has 17
patients, between the ages of 14 and 95, all suffering from different
degrees of paralysis.
B'Tselem had also added that "there is no other rehabilitative institute
in the area where patients can be transferred. These patients require
special conditions that cannot be recreated," implying that a transfer
not to a special rehabilitative hospital could be life-threatening.
The military official's version that there were rocket launchers in the
hospital's vicinity receives some support from UNRWA's recent
confirmation that terror groups had secretly hidden rockets in one of
their Gaza facilities, breaking rules of neutrality.
Several attempts to receive an updated response from Hospital Director Basman al-‘Ashi before press time were unsuccessful.
Funny - I haven't heard of them using Shifa Hospital that way. Maybe because they don't want to endanger the Hamas leadership. But they couldn't give a damn about endangering sick and wounded civilians. Typical terrorists.
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