IDF says it hit Islamic Jihad command center in Gaza hospital courtyard; medical center undamaged

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The IDF says it struck a Palestinian Islamic Jihad command center located in the courtyard of al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in central Gaza’s Deir al-Balah.

According to the IDF, Islamic Jihad operatives were in the command room when it was hit.

The IDF says that after a “lengthy procedure,” the command center was struck “in a precise manner to reduce the harm to the uninvolved [civilians] in the area of ​​the hospital.”

The hospital itself was not damaged in the strike, the IDF says.

Video footage from the scene appeared to show a number of wounded individuals.

“The presence of the command room and the terrorists who operated in the hospital yard are further proof of the systematic use of humanitarian and medical infrastructure by the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip as a cover for terrorist activities,” the IDF adds in a statement.

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