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IDF says antitank missiles stored next to shelled hospital

The IDF says in a statement that initial investigations of reports of tank shells hitting a Gaza hospital found “that a cache of antitank missiles was stored in the immediate vicinity of the al-Aqsa Hospital.”

“This cache was successfully targeted by IDF forces,” the spokesperson says in a statement. “Civilian casualties are a tragic inevitability of the brutal and systematic exploitation of homes, hospitals and mosques in Gaza. While the IDF takes every possible measure to minimize civilian casualties, Hamas and its deliberate tactic of embedding terrorist activities within the urban environment is ultimately responsible.”

Earlier in the day, a Gazan health official and a doctor reported that Israeli tank shells struck a hospital in central Gaza. The health official said the shells killed at least four people and wounded 60, including 30 medical staff.

Health official Ashraf al-Kidra said 12 shells hit the al-Aqsa Hospital in the town of Deir el-Balah. He said the shells landed in the administration building, the intensive care unit and the surgery department.

 

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