Senior military official: IDF has ‘concrete evidence’ Hamas uses Al-Shifa Hospital as a terrorist HQ

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Patients at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on November 10, 2023 (Khader Al Zanoun / AFP)
Patients at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on November 10, 2023 (Khader Al Zanoun / AFP)

A senior military official says that the Israel Defense Forces has “concrete evidence” that Hamas uses al-Shifa Hospital as a military facility.

“In the last hour, we saw concrete evidence that Hamas terrorists used Shifa hospital as a terrorist headquarters,” the IDF official says, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The senior defense official does not elaborate on the nature of the evidence, but said the IDF would publish portions of the information.

The official also mentions that weapons and other “terror infrastructure” have been located within the hospital complex.

Last night, the IDF began operating in what the official says is “a specific area of the complex,” which is sprawled out over several buildings and underground facilities.

The official says that the current military activity involves “no friction with patients, medical staff and injured civilians,” saying that “they are in a different section of the hospital.”

The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said that 37 infant patients have been endangered by power failures at Shifa.

The senior IDF official says that “this offer is still on the table” to transfer those infant patients to an alternative facilities, which could be chosen by the Gaza Hamas-run Health Ministry.

Israel has provided incubators capable of being transported by ambulance, to enable the infants’ transfer to an alternative facility outside of north Gaza, where the fighting is focused.

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