Gazans confirm terrorists hide in hospitals, dress up as medical personnel
Tel Aviv [Israel], November 21 (ANI/TPS): Gazans in Israeli custody confirmed to interrogators that terror groups actively operated in Gaza hospitals and even deeply embedded themselves in the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in videos released by the Israel Defence Forces on Monday.
So far, 500 Palestinians have been interrogated by Arabic-speaking members of the IDF's Military Intelligence Directorate's Unit 504 at a detention facility in southern Israel, the IDF said.
The first Palestinian, identified only as having been apprehended inside Gaza on Nov. 12, told interrogators that these terrorists--dressed in civilian clothes--would use the hospitals as a base for attacks. They would also disguise themselves as medical staff while hiding in the hospital.
Asked how many terrorists he saw, the Palestinian answered, "I saw a lot of them--about 80, 90, 100. It reached 100 people."
He added, "They dressed as nursing staff, but they were not nurses or doctors."
Hamuda Riad Asad Shamalah, an internet application engineer at Gaza's Hamas-run Health Ministry said that the terror groups also embedded themselves with the Red Crescent Organisation, which has a 10-story complex. He said he went there with his wife and three daughters "because I thought it was a safe and protected place."
He told his interrogator, "When the Hamas operatives remained in the compound, they continued to operate and hid the rockets and guns inside the mattresses. This was on a daily basis; no one can refuse them; if you dare to confront Hamas, they will kill you."
According to Shamalah, the sheer number of people at the Red Crescent headquarters was what made the complex appealing to Hamas.
"We will become human shields because the IDF will not attack a place with 40,000 people inside. If you want to fight, use a battlefield. If one of the rockets had exploded, it could have killed 50 of us," Shamalah said.
"When I went to the Rantisi Hospital, I saw Hamas operatives who took control of the hospital." There were around 100 of them, and they stayed in groups of four or five and they would sometimes leave to carry out attacks.
At the Swedish clinic, Samour said he saw seven Hamas operatives inside. They were dressed in civilian clothes, but when asked how he knew they were Hamas, he replied, "They were armed. And I know one of them was from Hamas."
Samour said the terrorists did the same things at Rantisi "on a larger scale."
"There were so many of them, it was actually really scary. I was there for about five days and I was terrified."
Shifa Hospital, located in the North Rimal neighbourhood and boasting 570 beds, is Gaza's largest medical centre, serving the medical needs of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. It was originally built by the British authorities in 1946. In the 1980s, Israel renovated and expanded Shifa as part of an initiative to improve Gaza living conditions.
As the Tazpit Press Service reported, in addition to being used to hide Hamas leaders and hostages, the terror group is known to have launched rockets, tortured suspected collaborators and hoarded a half-million liters of fuel in the hospital compound.
A senior officer in Unit 505 said that since Oct. 7, "we have received thousands of phone calls from collaborators, on a scale never before seen in the unit."
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