Gaza health ministry rejects Israel tunnel claim

2023-11-20 08:36:12 | Last Update : 2023-11-20 10:10:04

Israel attacks hospitals in Palestine, claiming that they are being used by Hamas as Gaza's health ministry strongly denies the allegations of Hamas tunnels

Gaza health ministry rejects Israel tunnel claim
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Israel forces and Gaza's Ministry of Health presented competing claims on Sunday over an alleged tunnel found in the al-Shifa hospital complex, the biggest health center in the besieged and bombarded Gaza Strip.

Israel had long claimed that Hamas operates one of its main command and control centers under one of the hospital's 17 buildings, but initial searches and videos produced by the Israelis showed only 10 to 15 rifles and some hand grenades allegedly found in the hospital, and no evidence of a tunnel.

Mounir el-Boursh, the Gaza health ministry director, has dismissed Israel's claim that it had found a Hamas tunnel at the al-Shifa Hospital, describing it as a "pure lie." Israel has continued its deadly strikes on Gaza, targeting several areas in the enclave, including the vicinity of the Indonesian Hospital.

Gaza's Ministry of Health also rejected the claim that al-Shifa Hospital was used by Hamas but added that if there had been wounded hostages taken there, it was a sign that health services were offering support to everyone affected by the crisis.

The Israeli army also said that Noa Marciano, an Israeli soldier who was apparently wounded in an Israeli air strike, was murdered "at Al Shifa hospital" by Hamas, a claim also denied by Hamas.


"Unfortunately, the grave Israeli war crimes are not called by some by their real names," Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Sameh Shoukry emphasized.

"Egypt is making every effort to bring aid into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing, but Israel's policy of obstructing the entry of aid is a systematic policy aimed at pushing the Palestinians to leave Gaza under the weight of bombing and siege," he added.


Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 13,000 people, including 5,000 children, and 3,500 women. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.

The administration said the number of missing persons crossed 6,000, with most of them suspected of lying under the rubble of the fallen buildings.

It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 52 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.

Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Newsroom

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