Footage from cameras at al-Shifa hospital shows that Hamas terrorists took hostages there after the attack on Israel. The Israeli military also said it had information that the Israeli hostages were killed by terrorists at the hospital and did not die in an Israeli airstrike, as claimed by Hamas. Under the al-Shifa hospital complex in Gaza, members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have found a tunnel that they say was used by Hamas for terrorist purposes. At least 30 premature babies were evacuated from Gaza’s main hospital on Sunday and will be taken to Egypt.
The Shin Bet secret service and the IDF released a video on Sunday evening showing how Hamas brought two foreign hostages, a Thai and a Nepali, to al-Shifa Hospital on October 7, The Jerusalem Post reports. In the published video, a group of Hamas terrorists can be seen dragging a man into one of the hospital’s entrances, visibly resisting his captors. In another, an injured man can be seen being carried on a stretcher down a hospital corridor, his stomach covered in blood.
The IDF did not directly identify the hostages from the videos, only saying they obtained the videos from the hospital’s CCTV system. According to the military, the videos are clear evidence that Hamas used al-Shifa Hospital as an operations center linked to the October 7 attacks on southern Israel and the hostage-taking. The IDF has not released information on the further fate of the prisoners brought in, but in recent statements, its officials speculated that several Hamas terrorists, along with the hostages, were enough to escape from the hospital.
IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari also stated that intelligence services have evidence that captured Israeli soldier Noa Marcian was killed in al-Shifa. The claim refutes reports by Hamas, which claimed she died during Israeli airstrikes. Hagari added that the captured female soldier was wounded at some point, but that a pathology report said Hamas later inflicted the fatal wounds on her at the hospital.
Under the al-Shifa hospital complex in Gaza, members of the Israeli army uncovered a tunnel used by Hamas for terrorist purposes, the Israeli Ynetnews server reported on Sunday evening. The IDF said in a statement that a staircase was discovered under the complex leading to a 55-meter-long tunnel that was located at a depth of 180 meters. The entrance to the tunnel shaft was protected by an explosion-proof door, which was also equipped with an explosive system, which the IDF said was intended to prevent Israeli forces from entering Hamas command centers and underground corridors.
The IDF added that they discovered the tunnel shaft under a shed near the hospital, along with a pickup truck loaded with weapons including anti-tank missiles, explosives and AK-47 rifles.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Rescue Service said it had evacuated 31 premature babies from Gaza’s main hospital in coordination with UN authorities, according to Ha’arec daily. They will be transferred to a hospital run by the United Arab Emirates in the Egyptian border town of Rafah. The plight of the newborns at al-Shifa Hospital attracted global attention after images were released of doctors trying to keep them warm after a power outage put the incubators out of action.
Israeli soldiers found dead hostages last week: