The Israeli navy claims it has discovered rifles, grenades and navy vests — however to this point, no Hamas command centre.
Israel on Thursday raided Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital for a second day in a row.
On Wednesday, Israeli troops had raided the coastal enclave’s largest medical facility, beginning at 2am. Israel has lengthy claimed that Hamas was utilizing the hospital as a command centre. The Israeli military has stated the raid has helped it discover proof to again up its assertion.
So what does Israel declare to have discovered?
What was discovered within the hospital?
The Israeli navy launched video footage from inside an undisclosed constructing inside the medical advanced.
The video confirmed three duffel baggage that the navy claims had been discovered hidden in an MRI lab, every containing an assault rifle, grenades, Hamas uniforms and flak jackets.
Moreover, the military confirmed assault rifles with out ammunition clips and a laptop computer that it stated had been discovered.
Israeli navy spokesperson Jonathan Conricus stated: “These weapons have completely no enterprise being inside a hospital,” including that he believed the fabric was “simply the highest of the iceberg.”
What about Hamas tunnels and navy command?
Within the days main as much as the raid, Israel insisted that Hamas was operating tunnels underground al-Shifa Hospital. It additionally claimed that the hospital was a command centre and navy put up for Hamas.
Israel’s claims had been additionally backed by United States President Joe Biden, who accused Hamas of committing warfare crimes by having its navy headquarters beneath the hospital.
But, greater than 24 hours after Israel’s raid began, the Israeli military has not proven proof of both Hamas-run tunnels or a navy command centre beneath the hospital.
An Al Jazeera digital investigation discovered no grounds to the Israeli forces declare that there’s a Hamas tunnel beneath Gaza’s Sheikh Hamad Hospital ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/4640OprGwk
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) November 7, 2023
Are there holes in Israel’s claims?
Mustafa Barghouti, the overall secretary of the Palestinian Nationwide Initiative, stated that what Israel had proven in movies from beneath al-Shifa Hospital to this point might simply have been planted by the military itself.
“All they’ve proven is a Kalashnikov and a laptop computer that they may have put there simply and declare that it was discovered there,” the veteran Palestinian legislator informed Al Jazeera.
On X, previously Twitter, the Israeli military first posted a video of Conricus taking viewers on a tour by elements of al-Shifa, which it stated was with none edits or cuts.
Nevertheless it deleted that put up after which republished a near-identical video, with some tweaks. On social platforms, that additional fuelled questions concerning the veracity of Israel’s claims.
How has Hamas responded?
Hamas has denied and dismissed the most recent statements by the Israeli navy.
“The occupation forces are nonetheless mendacity … as they introduced some weapons, garments and instruments and positioned them within the hospital in a scandalous method,” Qatar-based Hamas senior member Ezzat El Rashq stated.
He added that Hamas has repeatedly known as for a committee from the United Nations, the World Well being Group and the Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross to confirm Israel’s claims of Hamas tunnels beneath Gaza hospitals.
Barghouti stated Israel has always rejected these requires an unbiased, worldwide workforce to analyze the scenario in al-Shifa. “Israel doesn’t need that as a result of they know that they’re mendacity,” he stated.
What is occurring in al-Shifa now?
Israel’s navy continues to assault al-Shifa, with troops deployed on all sides of the hospital, Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud reported from Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
The Israeli navy has destroyed the specialised surgical procedures constructing within the medical facility. The partitions, partitions between the rooms and all of the medical tools contained in the constructing have been fully demolished, he stated.
Tons of of sufferers, docs and nurses, and greater than 2,000 others sheltering at al-Shifa are nonetheless believed to be on the hospital.
“What we see right now is that this warfare is about attacking civilians and attacking hospitals and destroying medical services,” stated Barghouti.