Hamas, the militant group in control of the Gaza Strip, has been exposed for using civilian infrastructure for its terrorist activities, as highlighted by revelations from the manager of a northern Gaza hospital. Ahmed al-Kahlout, manager of the Kamal Adnan Hospital, admitted during an interrogation with Israeli security forces that Hamas strategically employs medical facilities to advance its military operations.
Al-Kahlout disclosed that 16 hospital employees, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, and clerks, also held various positions within the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. According to his testimony, these individuals deliberately hide in hospitals, exploiting the perceived safety of these locations to avoid being targeted.
The Kamal Adnan Hospital, situated in the Jabaliya neighborhood of northern Gaza, was revealed to have served as more than just a medical facility. Al-Kahlout detailed Hamas’ infiltration, explaining the existence of offices for senior officials, holding areas for kidnapped individuals, and designated spaces for interrogations, internal security, and special forces. He further emphasized that hospital premises contained private phone lines for Hamas members.
Al-Kahlout’s admission extended to his own history, revealing that he was recruited to Hamas in 2010 with the rank of Brigadier General. His account exposes the dual roles of medical professionals within the organization and sheds light on the manipulation of hospital facilities for militant purposes.
This revelation comes amid increased scrutiny of Gaza’s medical infrastructure, with Al-Kahlout having been quoted extensively in global media outlets as a source on the state of healthcare in the region. Following his detainment by the Israeli military, the Hamas-run Palestinian Health Ministry demanded his release, urging international organizations such as the UN, World Health Organization, and Red Cross to intervene.
In a related development, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) released footage in November from the al-Shifa Hospital complex, the largest in Gaza, exposing a tunnel system built by Hamas. The videos, verified by The New York Times, reveal a fortified spiral staircase leading underground, emphasizing the use of hospital grounds for military purposes.
The IDF contends that such tunnel systems and fortified doors within hospitals serve to block Israeli forces from accessing command centers and underground assets belonging to Hamas. Additionally, CCTV footage released by the IDF showed Hamas using al-Shifa Hospital to transport hostages, highlighting the exploitation of healthcare facilities for both military and hostage-related activities by the militant group.
Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas
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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.
Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”
UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ
Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”
Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.
Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters
Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.
Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership
Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:
- At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
- UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
- UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
- Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
- That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
- That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
- That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.
And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.
Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.
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