Gazans confirm terrorists hide in hospitals, dress up as medical personnel

TEL AVIV: Gazans in Israeli custody confirmed to interrogators that terror teams actively operated in Gaza hospitals and even deeply embedded themselves within the Palestinian Pink Crescent Society in movies launched by the Israel Defence Forces on Monday.
Up to now, 500 Palestinians have been interrogated by Arabic-speaking members of the IDF’s Army Intelligence Directorate’s Unit 504 at a detention facility in southern Israel, the IDF stated.
In movies launched by the navy, three Palestinians defined to interrogators how terrorists from Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and different teams would conceal within the Shifa and Rantisi hospitals. Two of the three Palestinians have been recognized by identify within the movies.
The primary Palestinian, recognized solely as having been apprehended inside Gaza on Nov. 12, instructed interrogators that these terrorists–dressed in civilian clothes–would use the hospitals as a base for assaults. They might additionally disguise themselves as medical workers whereas hiding within the hospital.
“The docs have been livid as a result of Hamas operatives and operatives of the opposite terror organisations have been contained in the hospital,” he stated.
Requested what number of terrorists he noticed, the Palestinian answered, “I noticed loads of them–about 80, 90, 100. It reached 100 folks.”
He added, “They dressed as nursing workers, however they weren’t nurses or docs.”
Hamuda Riad Asad Shamalah, an web utility engineer at Gaza’s Hamas-run Well being Ministry stated that the fear teams additionally embedded themselves with the Pink Crescent Organisation, which has a 10-story complicated. He stated he went there along with his spouse and three daughters “as a result of I assumed it was a protected and guarded place.”
Shamalah stated he wished to search out refuge, however then “the terrorists got here and threatened us.”
He instructed his interrogator, “When the Hamas operatives remained within the compound, they continued to function and hid the rockets and weapons contained in the mattresses. This was each day; nobody can refuse them; should you dare to confront Hamas, they are going to kill you.”
In accordance with Shamalah, the sheer variety of folks on the Pink Crescent headquarters was what made the complicated interesting to Hamas.
“We’ll grow to be human shields as a result of the IDF is not going to assault a spot with 40,000 folks inside. If you wish to struggle, use a battlefield. If one of many rockets had exploded, it might have killed 50 of us,” Shamalah stated.
Abdelrahman Ala Ibrahim Samour described to interrogators what he noticed on the UNRWA-run Al Saweidi (Swedish) Clinic within the Shati refugee camp and in addition on the Rantisi Hospital.
“After I went to the Rantisi Hospital, I noticed Hamas operatives who took management of the hospital.” There have been round 100 of them, and so they stayed in teams of 4 or 5 and they might generally depart to hold out assaults.
On the Swedish clinic, Samour stated he noticed seven Hamas operatives inside. They have been wearing civilian garments, however when requested how he knew they have been Hamas, he replied, “They have been armed. And I do know certainly one of them was from Hamas.”
He stated they got here and went and that they appeared to really feel protected contained in the clinic, making ready for assaults contained in the clinic after which returning “as a result of it was safe, nobody might find them there.”
Samour stated the terrorists did the identical issues at Rantisi “on a bigger scale.”
“There have been so a lot of them, it was really actually scary. I used to be there for about 5 days and I used to be terrified.”
Shifa Hospital, positioned within the North Rimal neighbourhood and boasting 570 beds, is Gaza’s largest medical centre, serving the medical wants of lots of of hundreds of Palestinians. It was initially constructed by the British authorities in 1946. Within the Eighties, Israel renovated and expanded Shifa as a part of an initiative to enhance Gaza dwelling situations.
Way back to 2009, the Israeli Safety Company (Shin Wager) reported through the Gaza battle of that yr that Hamas operatives have been hiding within the hospital and that the basement had grow to be Hamas’s headquarters.
Because the Tazpit Press Service reported, along with getting used to cover Hamas leaders and hostages, the fear group is thought to have launched rockets, tortured suspected collaborators and hoarded a half-million liters of gas within the hospital compound.
A senior officer in Unit 505 stated that since Oct. 7, “we’ve obtained hundreds of cellphone calls from collaborators, on a scale by no means earlier than seen within the unit.”
The officer added, “It’s evident that the residents of the Gaza Strip aren’t happy with the barbaric behaviour of Hamas; the atypical citizen understands that Hamas is bringing a catastrophe on the residents of Gaza that will likely be tough for them to recuperate from.”

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