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Troops nab 20 terror operatives holed up at Al-Amal Hospital in Gaza’s Khan Younis.

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

The IDF says troops nabbed some 20 terror operatives who were holed up at Al-Amal Hospital in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis.

The Givati Infantry Brigade, Navy’s Shayetet 13 commando unit, and other special forces operated in the area of the hospital over the past week, following intelligence information of Hamas’s use of the premises.

The IDF says soldiers captured 20 terror operatives, including Hamas members, who were hiding in the hospital. They were brought to Israel for further questioning.

According to the IDF, the operation at Al-Amal was carried out in coordination with hospital staff.

It says troops scanned the premises in an “accurate and selective way,” without opening fire, to not disrupt the hospital’s functioning.

The IDF says no staff or patients were harmed in the operation.

After the raid, the IDF facilitated the delivery of more than 20 oxygen tanks and other medical equipment to the hospital.

The IDF says troops were briefed before the operation on “the importance of preventing harm to patients, medical staff, civilians, and medical equipment, in accordance with international law.”

“This operation once again proves the cynical modus operandi of the Hamas terror organization, which uses hospitals and the civilian population to hide terrorists,” the IDF says.

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