US Official Says Hamas Has Command Node Under Al-Shifa Hospital
US official says Hamas has command node under Al-Shifa hospital. According to a US person with knowledge of US information, Hamas allegedly gathers its fighters in and near Gaza's biggest hospital, consumes fuel meant for it, and maintains a command center under the Al-Shifa hospital.
The details follow remarks made by a senior White House official alleging that Hamas is making use of civilian infrastructure and hospitals. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated on CNN's State of the Union that this is how Hamas works.
Doctors and medical staff in the Gaza Strip have consistently and fiercely refuted Israel's long-standing accusations that Gaza terrorists have been constructing vital tunnel infrastructure beneath the hospital along with video evidences.
Al-Shifa hospital, located in Gaza, has historically been a significant medical facility in the region. US official says Hamas has command node under Al-Shifa hospital. The assertion of a command node being situated under a hospital raises concerns about the potential exploitation of civilian infrastructure for military purposes.
The CIA chose not to respond. The intelligence that the US official cited has not been confirmed by CNN. Medical personnel in Al-Shifa have said they can't evacuate because of severe conditions of patients, including severely injured adults and elderly, pregnant women, and premature babies in incubators, according to Dr. Munir Al-Bursh, the director-general of the Hamas-controlled health ministry, who made this announcement on Monday. They cited concerns that some 700 patients might perish if they are left behind.
The director of the largest hospital in Gaza has issued a warning: as Israeli artillery bombards the surrounding streets and the facility's remaining fuel reserves run out, premature babies are being wrapped in foil and placed next to hot water in a desperate attempt to keep them alive in "catastrophic" conditions.
The infants at the Al-Shifa hospital were forced to be manually moved from their incubators in the neonatal section to another area of the hospital after oxygen supplies ran out, and staff members were trying to keep the babies warm and alive.
15 people, including six infants, have passed away at Al-Shifa in the last several days as a result of power outages and a lack of medical supplies, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah.
Al-Bursh told CNN:
The problem is not the doctors, it’s the patients. And if they are left behind, they will die, and if they are transferred, they will die on the way, this is the problem, we are talking about 700 patients. There has been no response until now by the doctors, but some of the displaced people and families have already been leaving.”- Dr. Munir Al-Bursh
The World Health Organization says Al-Shifa has been without power for many days as Israel continuously cuts Gaza's electricity every now and then. “Regrettably, the hospital is not functioning as a hospital anymore,”it said.
The critical care unit, pediatric department, and oxygen equipment were not operating, according to Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesman for the Gaza health ministry. He made this announcement over the weekend.
Al-Shifa is not by himself. The Palestine Red Crescent Societydeclared that Al-Quds Hospital, another significant building in Gaza City, was not operating. The second-largest hospital in Gaza, according to the PRCS, is "no longer operational." The lack of gasoline and power outage are the reasons for this service interruption.
Hospitals, water systems, bakeries, and other businesses that depend on electricity have closed as a result of Israel's ban on fuel and other necessities entering Gaza, exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe.
The claim that the hospital is being used as a command center has been refuted by Hamas and hospital representatives.
US official says Hamas has command node under Al-Shifa hospital. Notwithstanding opposition from the UN and other international organizations, Israel has maintained that its military operations surrounding the hospital are legitimate. Along with providing fuel, the Israeli government declared that it had allegedly established evacuation routes and demanded the evacuation of residents.