Photo by IDF Spokesperson on 20 March, 2024

90 Hamas Terrorists Killed in Gaza Hospital Compound, 160 Apprehended

Public By Pesach Benson • 20 March, 2024

Jerusalem, 20 March, 2024 (TPS) -- Israeli soldiers continued operations to root out Hamas terrorists inside Gaza’s Shifa Hospital compound, the Israel Defense Forces said on Wednesday.

Since Monday morning, Israeli forces have killed over 90 terrorists inside the compound. An additional 160 terror suspects have been arrested and transferred to Israel for further interrogation.

The IDF said civilians and staff have not been harmed, nor has any medical equipment been damaged.

Israeli forces raided Shifa, Gaza’s largest hospital, after receiving intelligence that senior Hamas figures were inside the compound planning attacks. Hamas terrorists fired from within the medical center as forces arrived.

Among the Hamas figures killed this week inside the compound was Faiq Mabhuoh, head of the Operations Directorate of Hamas’s Internal Security. Mabhuoh was also responsible for coordinating Hamas terror activities in the Gaza Strip. Numerous weapons were located in the room adjacent to where he was eliminated.

As reported by the Tazpit Press Service, Hamas has made extensive use of the Shifa Hospital, launching rockets from its compound, hiding hostages in the bowels of the building, torturing collaborators, and digging tunnels connected to nearby sites. Israel also released a recording of a phone call confirming that Hamas also stores at least a half-million liters of fuel underneath the compound.

Also on Tuesday, the IDF identified a rocket launch from northern Gaza headed towards the Israeli city of Sderot which fell inside the Strip. In response, Israeli aircraft struck an operational tunnel shaft in the area of the launch.

Soldiers also continued operations in Khan Yunis, striking Hamas facilities in the city’s Al-Qarara neighborhood. Two terrorists were killed in the strikes. Aircraft also struck a Hamas terrorist who was spotted loading weapons.

In northern Gaza, Israeli ground forces directed an airstrike that eliminated a six-man Hamas terror squad.

At least 1,200 people were killed and 240 Israelis and foreigners were taken hostage in Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on October 7. Of the remaining 134 hostages, Israel recently declared 31 of them dead.