JERUSALEM, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Israel on Sunday doubled down on condemnation of Hamas abuses at the Gaza Strip’s biggest hospital, with the execution of a captured soldier in the focus of six weeks of devastating fighting. It was announced that two foreign hostages were taken into custody. -Old aggressive.
Al-Shifa Hospital, once a haven for tens of thousands of Palestinian war refugees, has continued to evacuate patients and staff since Israeli forces invaded last week with a mission to root out Hamas hideouts. .
Israel is also searching for about 240 people kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza after the October 7 cross-border raid that sparked the war.
One of them was Noah Marciano, a 19-year-old Israeli army conscript whose body was recovered near Shifa last week. Hamas announced that she had been killed in an Israeli airstrike and released a video that appeared to show her body, with no marks other than a wound on her head.
The Israeli military said forensic tests showed she suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the attack.
“According to intelligence information, reliable intelligence information, Noa was taken by Hamas terrorists within the walls of Shifa hospital. There she was killed by Hamas terrorists,” said chief spokesman Maj. Gen. Daniel Hagari. .
He did not elaborate.
Hagari said in a teleconference that Hamas militants had also brought Nepali and Thai foreign workers captured in the October 7 attack to Shifa. He did not release the names of the two hostages.
Surveillance camera footage aired by Hagari showed a group of men frog-marching an individual to the hospital, shocking medical personnel. A second clip showed an injured man on a stretcher. Another man in civilian clothes was nearby with an assault rifle.
Hamas did not immediately comment on Hagari’s remarks. The Palestinian Islamic extremist group that runs Gaza previously said several hostages had been taken to a hospital for treatment.
Separately on Sunday, the Israeli military released footage of what it said was a 55-meter-long tunnel dug by Palestinians 10 meters underground inside the Shifa compound.
Hamas admits that it has a network of secret tunnels, bunkers and access shafts spanning hundreds of kilometers across the Palestinian enclaves, but denies that these are located within civilian infrastructure such as hospitals.
The video showed a narrow passageway with an arched concrete roof, ending in what the military described in a statement as a blast door.
The statement does not say what is on the other side of the door. The tunnel was discovered in a warehouse on the Shifa property and was accessed through a shaft where ammunition was stored. A second video showed the opening of an outdoor shaft on the property.
Mounir el-Barsh, head of Gaza’s health ministry, dismissed Israeli statements about the tunnels as “complete lies.”
“They have been in the hospital for eight days and nothing has been found yet,” he told Al Jazeera TV.
Written by Dan Williams.Editing: David Holmes and Alex Richardson
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