Oh my... Al-Qassam Brigades office next to Shifa hospital emergency room
Elder catches a whopper
. The headquarters of Hamas' Izz-e-Dine-al-Qassam Brigades (their 'armed wing') is one room over from the emergency room in Gaza City's Shifa hospital.
After four blocked attempts to leave Gaza without explanation over
weeks, the Palestinian journalist was summoned by the security services
of Hamas on Sunday. "I received a call from a private number. They
summoned me to Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza City center, " explains
Radjaa. He carried with him his two phones, his press card and a small
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A few meters from the emergency room where the injured from bombings are constantly flowing, in the outpatient department, he was received in "a small section of the hospital used as administration" by a band of young fighters.
They were all well dressed, which surprised Radjaa, "in civilian
clothing with a gun under one's shirt and some had walkie-talkies " . He
was ordered to empty his pockets, removing his shoes and his belt then
was taken to a hospital room "which served that day as the command
office of three people."
A man begins his interrogation: "Who are you? Who do you call? What are
you doing?" "I was very surprised by the procedure," admits Radjaa,
who showed him his press card in response. Questions came. They asked if
he speaks Hebrew, he has relations with Ramallah. Young Hamas
supporters insistently ask the question: "Are you a correspondent for
Israel?" Radjaa repeated that only works for French media and a chain
of Algerian radio.
It was then that the three men delivered this message: "This is yours to
choose. We are an executive administration. We will carry the message of
Qassams. You have to stay at home and give us your papers. " Stunned
to be covered by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of
Hamas, Radjaa tried to defend himself and especially to understand why
such a decision was taken against him. In vain. "It is impossible to
communicate with these people," laments the journalist.
Labels: Gaza City, Hamas, human shields, Izzadin Kassam Brigades, Operation Protective Edge, Shifa Hospital