“O Israeli army […] continues to perform surgical operations at al-Shifa hospital to prevent terrorism. To date, 20 terrorists have been eliminated in al-Shifa hospital in several clashes and dozens of detained suspects are currently being interrogated,” the army said in a statement.

“Money and weapons were located in the hospital to be distributed to Hamas terrorist agents. This is further proof of Hamas’ systematic use of hospitals and civilian infrastructure for its terrorist activities”, claims the Israeli army.

Among those detained, reported al-Jazeera, is the journalist from the Qatari news channel Ismail al-Ghoul, who was at the scene with his team and was attacked by Israeli troops.

“These attacks constitute an intimidation tactic against journalists to dissuade them from reporting the horrific crimes committed by the occupation forces [israelitas] against innocent civilians in Gaza”, reported al-Jazeera, which demanded the “immediate release” of al-Ghoul.

“The attack on the [jornalista] Ismail al-Ghoul is part of a series of others, systematic, against al-Jazeera”, added the television channel.

Al-Jazeera recalled the murder, in 2022, of the Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli fire in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, the deaths of Samer Abudaqa and Hamza al-Dahdouh in the current war and the bombing of the offices of Qatari channel in Gaza, in May 2021, as well as attacks on journalists’ families.

For its part, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today condemned the detention of al-Jazeera’s Arab correspondent.

“With every journalist killed, with every journalist detained, our ability to understand what is happening in Gaza is significantly diminished. This is the worst conflict for journalists that the Committee to Protect Journalists has ever documented and the situation is simply get worse,” said CPJ Director Jodie Ginsberg.

This morning, the Israeli army invaded the al-Shifa Hospital with tanks and snipers, the most important in the enclave and which it had already besieged three other times, causing deaths among the more than 30,000 displaced people taking refuge in that center, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, which is de facto controlled by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, author of the attacks against Israel on October 7, 2023, which triggered the current war.

Israel claims that, according to information from its intelligence services, there were suspicions that senior Hamas officials were at the center and the troops chose to conduct “a surgical operation to prevent terrorist activity and detain terrorists in the complex”, according to an Israeli military statement.

Scott Griffen, deputy director of the International Press Institute (IPI), also called for al-Ghoul’s “immediate release”, as well as accurate information on his whereabouts and health status.

“Not only does this threaten the lives of journalists on the ground trying to tell the story, it also prevents audiences around the world from accessing the truth,” Griffen said.

According to CPJ data, to date, at least 95 journalists and media workers — almost all Palestinians — have been killed since the start of the war in Gaza.

The war in the Gaza Strip was triggered by the attack carried out on October 7, 2023 by Hamas in southern Israel, which caused the death of at least 1,160 people, most of them civilians, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli data.

The Israeli military operation launched in reprisal caused more than 31,700 deaths in the Gaza Strip, most of them civilians, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2523552/israel-diz-ter-eliminado-20-combatentes-palestinianos-em-hospital-de-gaza

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