Hamas terrorists have been intentionally abusing the hospital and other international protected symbols to indiscriminately attack Israel and its civilians.
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)
The IDF has targeted specific sites and terrorists located within the premises of Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza City. This in light of several occasions in which fire was opened at IDF forces from within the hospital grounds, and despite repeated warnings against such activities, and notifications to civilians to vacate the premises. Recently, terror activities executed against IDF forces were enhanced and in several attacks gunman opened fire and launched anti-tank missiles. This gunfire continued this morning.
The hospital grounds and its immediate surroundings have been repeatedly utilized by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a command center, rocket launching site, and a post enabling terrorists to open fire at soldiers.
The IDF has raised its concerns with international organizations on numerous occasions. Also, warnings have been conveyed directly to the hospital administration and other Palestinian officials.
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesman: "Hamas terrorists have been intentionally abusing the hospital and other international protected symbols to indiscriminately attack Israel and its civilians. The IDF is determined in preventing the ongoing aggression by Hamas that is directed by a strategy of exploitation and abuse of the civilian population and its wellbeing."
Following is another example of Hamas’ exploitation of civilian infrastructures and disregard for human life, demonstrated in footage of terrorists fleeing in an ambulance after being engaged by IDF paratroopers.