The New York Times verified that both videos shared by the Israel Defense Forces were recorded at al-Shifa Hospital, which Israeli forces stormed last week. The videos give an exclusive look into the tunnels that run under the al-Shifa Hospital complex.
The al-Shifa Hospital has become widely discussed in the media globally, due to information revealing Hamas was hiding weapons, terrorists and hostages within the hospital and its corresponding tunnels underneath. In short, the Hamas terror group was using innocent and sick civilians as shelter.
Two separate videos, one apparently recorded by a drone and the other by an animal or a robot, show a damaged spiral staircase leading down to a 55-meter section of fortified tunnel. The IDF says the tunnel runs ten meters beneath al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City — the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip. The 55-meter section of the tunnel ends at a blast-proof door complete with a firing hole, apparently built by Hamas to shoot through in the case of an Israeli incursion.
Israeli soldiers have not yet penetrated the door at the end of the filmed section of tunnel due to possible booby traps, the Israel Security Agency said in a statement Sunday evening. “This type of door is used by the Hamas terrorist organization to block Israeli forces from entering the command centers and the underground assets belonging to Hamas.”
Israel’s military also released CCTV footage on Sunday which appears to show Hamas bringing hostages to al-Shifa. One of the hostages is seen being marched through the hospital, with his arms held behind his back as he is pushed forward by a Hamas militant. Another is seen bleeding on a gurney.
National Review reports on the significance of the hospital:
The U.N. and various humanitarian groups have chastised Israel for carrying out raids on hospitals in Gaza, insisting that they are humanitarian sites that should not be subject to military action. Israel has responded by producing significant video evidence that the terror organization was stashing weapons and military communications equipment inside several Gaza hospitals.
The IDF released video last week showing AK-47 rifles, grenades, and other explosives that were being stored in the basement of al-Shifa hospital. The video also showed that all of the hospital’s security cameras had been covered, presumably to prevent the recording of terrorist activities.
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Hamas Claims Responsibility for Deadly Attack in West Jerusalem
In a tragic incident on Thursday, two gunmen opened fire at a bus stop in West Jerusalem, resulting in the deaths of three Israelis and injuries to 16 others. Hamas, the militant group against which Israel declared war after a previous deadly terror attack, has claimed responsibility for this latest act of violence.
The motive behind the attack, according to Hamas, is in response to what they consider Israeli “crimes” committed in Gaza, as reported by the BBC. This assault occurred amid an existing ceasefire between the two sides, adding complexity to the situation.
Off-duty soldiers and a civilian at the scene took swift action, successfully neutralizing the gunmen. Jerusalem District Commander Doron Turgeman informed reporters that the assailants approached the bus stop in a car and were armed with two weapons. Subsequent investigations revealed a significant amount of ammunition in the gunmen’s vehicle.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during a meeting with Israel’s President Isaac Herzog, condemned the attack, emphasizing that it serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat of terrorism faced by Israel and its people daily.
The incident underscores the volatile nature of the conflict and the challenges in maintaining stability, even during periods of ceasefire. As investigations continue, the international community closely watches developments in the region, hoping for a path toward lasting peace and security for all involved.
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