New Delhi: As the fighting in the Gaza Strip intensifies, Israel on Wednesday said that its troops found weapons and other terror infrastructure inside the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, reported news agency Reuters.
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) are carrying out an operation on a “specific area” of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza.
An Israeli official said that there had been no fighting inside the hospital complex after the soldiers arrived during the night, and no friction with medical staff or patients, who he said were in a different section of the site.
“IDF soldiers have already found weapons and other terror infrastructure. In the last hour, we saw concrete evidence that Hamas terrorists used the Shifa hospital as a terror headquarter,” the official said, reported Reuters.
“This is an extremely precise and targeted operation. Our forces are present in one specific area of the very large Shifa hospital complex,” he added.
“Our soldiers are making a slow and deliberate progress based on our intelligence,” he said.
According to Reuters, the Israelis have said for years that Hamas militants have used Al Shifa as a cover for their operations.
However, Hamas and hospital staff have denied this allegation.
The military official said four militants had died in a gunfight outside Al Shifa, as Israeli soldiers sought to enter the complex. He added that soldiers had interrogated individuals found in the area they were searching.