The Israeli military claimed it discovered one of Hamas’ hideouts and weapons headquarters in a hospital basement in Gaza.
IDF footage from Rantisi Hospital revealed what appeared to be an underground terror nest littered with baby diapers and bottles – possibly an indication that hostages may have been held there.
Troops said they found many weapons in the hospital’s basement, including explosive belts, grenades, guns and RPG rockets.
In a video released by the IDF, armed forces spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said: “This is a type of equipment used for a major battle.”
He pointed to each item on the ground and declared, “These are explosives, these are explosive vests.” [in them] so that a terrorist can explode [Israeli] Powers between hospitals, between patients.”
Also found was a motorcycle with gunshot marks that Israeli military officials said was used by Hamas terrorists in the Oct. 7 massacre.
Additionally, troops claimed they found signs that hostages were being held in the room, as they found a chair containing women’s clothing and a rope.
The IDF claimed it had discovered a functioning tunnel shaft leading from the hospital to the home of a senior naval commander just meters away.
Hamas and hospital staff dispute claims that a terror command cell is hidden in tunnels beneath hospitals.
The shocking footage emerged after Israeli forces wiped out a Hamas terror cell at another Gaza hospital as they used patients as human shields to escape.
The IDF said today that Hamas militants fired on troops from the entrance of Al-Quds Hospital as they “embedded themselves” among civilians.
Israeli forces returned fire and said they killed 21 terrorists in the attack.
An IDF statement said: “RPG and small arms fire was directed at the soldiers from the direction of Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City.”
“The shooting was carried out by a terrorist group holed up in a group of civilians at the entrance to the hospital.
“During the incident, around 21 terrorists were killed and our forces suffered no casualties.”
It was neither confirmed nor denied whether civilians were killed in the fighting.
Israel claims that as civilians fled the building, Hamas militants emerged from nearby buildings, including it, to attack Israeli forces.
Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza City, also came under fire as part of the IDF’s war effort in the Gaza Strip and became a focal point of the war.
Scores of IDF troops and tanks surrounded Al-Shifa Hospital today as fears grew for the hundreds of civilians trapped inside.
Like Al-Quds, it has stopped accepting new patients after its fuel ran out completely and patients struggled without adequate food, water or medical care.
The Israeli military believes that the terrorist group Hamas’ main command center is located beneath the Al-Shifa hospital complex and that senior leaders of the group are hiding there, using the facility as a shield like Al-Quds.