How Israel’s Troops Took Over Al-Shifa Hospital

Stand for Israel  |  April 2, 2024

IDF soldiers prepare for operations in Gaza.
(Photo: Jamal Awad/Flash90)

Israel’s forces don’t refer to “Shifa Hospital” as a hospital anymore. After withdrawing from the hospital in northern Gaza, the troops gathered enough evidence to believe this was the location of a terrorist command center used as one of the many ways to attack Israel, reports The Jerusalem Post:

This violation was so pronounced during the recent two-week re-invasion of Shifa – after the IDF took it over in mid-November – that now, top officers do not even refer to Shifa as a “hospital,” but as a “compound,” reflecting the belief that it was not so much an abused hospital, as it was a command center with some hospital camouflage built around it.

Military sources described how field intelligence from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Division 162, and Shayetet 13 worked together to track the growing number of terrorists building a new large command center at Shifa.

The three centers of gravity for the terrorists were: the Qatar facility, the emergency room, and the maternity center – though there were terrorists in every single one of the sprawling hospital’s buildings.

According to the IDF, they gave the mostly 6,200 civilians and terrorists two separate opportunities to surrender. The IDF said it preferred to avoid violence, along with the “win” of capturing and interrogating Hamas officials to obtain intelligence.