Israel has repeatedly accused terrorists from the Palestinian movement Hamas of abusing hospitals in the Gaza Strip as protection for their tunnels and bases. The radical group denies this and has accused Israel of spreading lies.
At the beginning of the week, the Israeli army (IDF) published footage from the underground of the Shifa hospital in the Gaza Strip, where it found a 55-meter-long tunnel, which it believes was used by the radical movement Hamas (more here). The American newspaper The New York Times verified that the recording actually came from this hospital.
Now the IDF has posted another on the X social network shots from the tunnels under the largest hospital in the area. The footage shows an elaborate underground complex.
According to an engineer interviewed by The Times Of Israel, the troops check each building twice for weapons or a tunnel. The army then advances at a slow, methodical pace. The first survey is quick, the second already resembles a rigorous operation. “We go from corner to corner until we find everything,” he says.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak v conversation told CNN that Israeli builders helped build bunkers under Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip decades ago. The ex-prime minister’s interview with journalist Christiane Amanpour caused considerable controversy, the Israeli website The Times of Israel (ToI) wrote. According to him, Barak’s statements do not contradict Israel’s main argument that Hamas is using the premises under the hospital for terrorist purposes.
According to Israeli officials, Hamas first began using the basement of the hospital, which was built by Israel when it still controlled the Gaza Strip, but since then the Islamist group has dug several more floors and added tunnels, creating a vast underground labyrinth, ČTK summarizes.
Destroying the tunnels
In addition to the ground operation that Israel is conducting in the Gaza Strip, there is also an underground war going on. The elaborate network of Hamas tunnels presents a challenge for the Israeli army, but it overcomes it with the help of new technologies.