World Well being Group silent over Hamas’ use of Gaza hospital as terror HQ


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JERUSALEM — Because the Israeli navy continues its week-long operation battling a whole lot of terrorists holed up inside Al-Shifa Hospital, the most important medical middle in Gaza, the United Nations company charged with selling — and defending — entry to well being care worldwide has stayed silent, refraining from condemning the cynical use of a hospital by Palestinian terror teams. 

Repeated requests for a remark from the World Well being Group by Fox Information Digital had been ignored this week, even because the Israel Protection Forces continued to have interaction with fighters from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, each U.S.-designated terror group, who barricaded themselves contained in the hospital’s maternity ward and emergency room and different locations within the expansive middle in Gaza Metropolis. 

“Hamas itself has admitted to utilizing nearly each hospital in Gaza, together with Shifa Hospital,” Itamar Yaar, a former deputy head of Israel’s Nationwide Safety Council, advised Fox Information Digital. “This info has been on the desk for a very long time.” 

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Ambulances carrying victims of Israeli strikes crowd the doorway to the emergency ward of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza Metropolis Oct. 15, 2023.  (Dawood Nemer/AFP through Getty Pictures)

Yaar, who serves because the CEO of Commanders for Israeli Safety, a corporation of some 550 ex-senior safety folks, stated Hamas particularly makes use of hospitals for its navy exercise “as a result of they consider that Israel won’t dare to ship its troops into these websites.”

Early on in its battle in opposition to the Iranian-backed terrorist teams, Israel drew sharp worldwide criticism for permitting its troops to enter Al-Shifa Hospital as they looked for terrorists and underground bunkers utilized by the Hamas fighters. In November, Israel revealed a subterranean system hid beneath the hospital, together with a command and management middle and rooms the place the military stated hostages kidnapped from Israel through the Oct. 7 mass terror assault had been held. 

World Health Organization Director

World Well being Group Director-Common Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a ceremony to launch a multiyear partnership with Qatar on making the FIFA World Cup 2022 and different sporting occasions wholesome and secure on the WHO headquarters in Geneva Oct. 18, 2021.  (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP through Getty Pictures)

Israeli forces subsequently withdrew from the realm however left the medical campus, which incorporates a number of well being care clinics and places of work, largely intact and in a position to perform, permitting it to serve the 1000’s of Gazan civilians who remained contained in the battle zone regardless of Israeli requires them to evacuate the realm. 

“When the IDF went into that website for the primary time, the data that they had about the services was restricted. However after being there for a couple of weeks, they [got]extra info,” Yaar stated, including Israel almost certainly left behind surveillance tools that knowledgeable it of Hamas’ return to the realm and about it establishing terror working cells contained in the hospital.  

“Hamas went again contained in the hospital as a result of most of the opposite buildings close by have been destroyed,” stated Yaar. He added that it was additionally possible that medical workers within the hospital, together with its normal supervisor, had been conscious that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad had been working from contained in the buildings. 

“There are folks who will say that the hospital’s normal supervisor had no alternative however to cooperate with Hamas, and they’re proper,” Yaar stated. “Hamas controls Gaza by utilizing terror in opposition to its personal folks. If the hospital supervisor refused to enable Hamas exercise within the hospital, then he would both be fired, arrested or worse.”

IDF troops in the vicinity of Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

The 162nd Division within the Shifa Hospital, troops from the Nahal Reconnaissance Unit, eradicated armed terrorists in close-quarter encounters, cleared a number of buildings contained in the hospital and positioned many weapons that had been hidden inside the assorted medical gadgets within the MRI complicated in addition to on the rooftop of the hospital. (IDF Spokesman’s Unit)

Yaar additionally stated the World Well being Group was possible conscious of Hamas’ terror actions contained in the medical middle. 

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“I can perceive why the World Well being Group is remaining silent. They’re embarrassed as a result of there is no such thing as a doubt that their folks on the bottom in Gaza knew what was taking place there,” he stated. “Perhaps they did not know all the main points, however they knew that Hamas was utilizing the hospital.” 

Yaar stated now that details about Hamas’ use of the hospital is simple, the WHO will possible declare it didn’t have any info. 

“They should not ignoring it as a result of they are anti-Israel. They are ignoring it as a result of they assume it is the easiest way to defend the native folks on the bottom,” he stated. “However, by doing so, they’re serving to Hamas to have extra management over the Palestinian folks.” 

Whereas spokespeople for Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Well being Group,  ignored a number of Fox Information Digital requests for touch upon his group’s relationship with Hamas, Tedros refuted claims of his group working with the phobia group in January. 

“WHO refutes Israel’s accusation on the Govt Board assembly yesterday that WHO is in “collusion” with Hamas and is “turning a blind eye” to the struggling of hostages being held in Gaza. Such false claims are dangerous and may endanger our workers who’re risking their lives to serve the susceptible. As a United Nations company, WHO is neutral and is working for the well being and well-being of all folks,” he tweeted.

In a briefing with journalists earlier this week, Israeli military spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari stated troops had killed round 170 terrorists and arrested greater than 500 throughout an intensive weeklong operation on the hospital. He additionally stated the military had found 11 million shekels ($3 million) hidden within the hospital’s places of work and huge quantities of weapons and ammunition. 

In a press release launched by the Shin Wager, Israel’s inside safety company, along with the IDF, they stated that among the many apprehended terrorists had been prime operatives from Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas, Amr Asida, head of the Nablus unit and Mahmoud Qawasmeh, planner of the 2014 kidnapping and homicide of three Israeli teenagers.

“Our intelligence branches had been watching Al-Shifa Hospital as it grew to become Hamas’ terror headquarters once more,” Hagari stated. “We dismantled Hamas’ navy construction within the north, however some terror cells remained there. An d all of them got here again, like a magnet, into Al-Shifa.”

IDF aid Gaza

Six humanitarian assist vehicles entered the northern Gaza Strip through Israel. IDF says this was achieved as a part of a pilot program to forestall Hamas terrorists from taking the help. (IDF Spokesman’s Unit)

He stated those that surrendered — or had been captured by Israel — admitted to utilizing the hospital, saying that not solely was it thought of a secure zone, nevertheless it was enticing as a result of there was nonetheless electrical energy, water,and meals. Hagari stated there have been nonetheless some terrorists barricaded contained in the hospital and engaged in preventing Israeli forces. 

The spokesman additionally said that no sufferers or medical workers had been harmed within the delicate operation. Claims final week by one Gaza girl that Israeli troopers had abused and raped Palestinian girls through the preventing had been dismissed as pretend over the weekend by the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera Information community, which first reported the story. 

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Israeli forces have battled the phobia teams in different hospitals in Gaza, together with final month on the Nasser Hospital within the southern a part of the Strip. In December, hostages launched by Hamas throughout a brief cease-fire recounted that that they had been held captive inside one in every of Gaza’s hospitals. 

Tal Mimran, from the Cyber Safety Analysis Middle within the School of Regulation at Hebrew College, advised Fox Information Digital that, underneath worldwide humanitarian regulation, hospitals needs to be afforded particular safety throughout instances of battle. Nonetheless, he stated, for each rule, there was additionally an exception. One exception is that if the hospital was used “with the intention to promote a navy acquire over your opponent.” 

“Hamas has been utilizing hospitals not just for defensive and offensive functions, but additionally for command and management,” stated Mimran, including that utilizing hospitals for navy functions was a part of Hamas’ “modus operandi.” 

Al Shifa IDF infographic

An infographic produced by the Israeli Protection Drive exhibits the place officers declare Hamas has created a command middle underneath Al-Shifa Hospital. (Israeli Protection Drive)

Battling in and round Gaza’s hospitals, he stated, had change into a big factor within the five-month Hamas-Israel battle. 

“That is the primary time Israel is working with such extent and significance inside hospitals in Gaza. It’s positively totally different from earlier rounds or conflicts,” Mimran stated, including that the IDF was trying to function in a respectful means. 

Within the first spherical of preventing at Al-Shifa, he stated, Israeli forces took their time to enter the hospital compound, and after they did, they helped to take away sufferers and introduced in medical tools. Additionally they constructed a area hospital close by, he stated. 

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“This time, it was a shock mission,” Mirmran stated of the navy operation over the previous week. “There have been much less civilians and sufferers there however numerous operatives. I didn’t hear of great collateral harm. There was no hurt to medical workers or sufferers. So, I feel this operation will meet the necessities or standards of worldwide humanitarian regulation.”



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