Vehicles stolen from Israel, unopened medicine for hostages found at Nasser Hospital, says IDF

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

IDF troops operate at Nasser Hospital, in southern Gaza's Khan Younis, in a handout image published by the IDF on February 18, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF troops operate at Nasser Hospital, in southern Gaza's Khan Younis, in a handout image published by the IDF on February 18, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF says special forces operating at Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis located vehicles used by Hamas terrorists who participated in the October 7 onslaught, as well as Israeli-owned cars stolen during the massacre.

The operation at Nasser Hospital is being carried out by the Commando Brigade, Navy’s Shayetet 13, Shin Bet agents, and other special forces.

One of the stolen cars found at the medical center belonged to a Nir Oz resident, according to the IDF. In the Hamas vehicle, troops found several weapons, including grenades.

So far, the IDF says, troops have detained hundreds of terror operatives — some of whom were dressed up as hospital staff — and other suspects who were holed up at the hospital, including many who participated in the October 7 attack and have links to the hostages held by the terror group.

The IDF says troops have battled Hamas gunmen in the area of the hospital, and came under rocket fire from the premises last month.

Troops have also seized several firearms, explosive devices, and other military equipment belonging to terror operatives.

Also at Nasser Hospital, IDF troops found closed boxes of medications bearing the names of hostages.

The medications, which were reportedly delivered to Gaza in a secretive initiative coordinated by the families of some of the hostages, apparently did not reach their loved ones.

The IDF releases footage showing the medication with the names of the hostages, some of whom are still being held captive by Hamas.

The operation at Nasser Hospital was carried out following “an early warning to stop terror activity at the hospital,” the IDF says, adding that its searches of the premises ensured that the medical center was able to continue its operations “without harming the patients and medical staff and in accordance with the values ​​of the IDF and international law.”

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