The Israeli army has reached the coast and cut off the northern part of the Gaza Strip and its capital from the rest of the country, AFP news agency reported. Earlier, the Israeli military said it had discovered a network of Hamas tunnels, command centers and rocket launchers under hospitals in the area.
Military spokesman Daniel Hagari said the armed forces were carrying out strikes from the air, land and sea to create “pressure that will lead to the fall of Hamas”. Meanwhile, the spokesman added that the army was maintaining humanitarian routes for the evacuation of civilians in the south of the region. For the third time since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, phone and internet connections are down in the Strip. Local media say Israeli forces will enter Gaza City within 48 hours.
Israeli Army: Hamas has a network of tunnels under and around hospitals
Earlier on Sunday, Hagari said the Israeli military had discovered a network of Hamas tunnels, command centers and rocket launchers under and adjacent to hospitals in northern Gaza.
“Hamas systematically uses hospitals as part of its war machine,” Hagari told reporters. During the media briefing, Hagari presented videos, photographs and audio recordings that he said demonstrate Hamas’ strategy of using hospitals as cover and preventing civilians from leaving war zones.
He also said that during the war, more than 800 rockets fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip failed to reach their targets and landed in the area, causing significant civilian casualties.
Israel has long reported that Hamas has set up its operations center under Al-Shifa, Gaza’s largest hospital. Hagari has now made similar allegations against two hospitals in northern Gaza – the Qatari-funded Sheikh Hamad Hospital and the Indonesian-built hospital.
Hagari said two videos from a Qatari hospital showed Hamas leading the tunnels and Hamas armed terrorists shooting Israeli soldiers from the hospital. He said a satellite image showed missile launchers across the street from an Indonesian hospital. – They fired rockets at Israel 75 meters from the hospital. Why? They knew that if Israel fired such a launcher from the air, the hospital would be damaged, he said.
Main photo source: PAP/EPA/Mohammed Saber
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