Israel Targets Hamas Leader’s Gaza Home Amidst Hospital’s Fighting
Israel says its jets attacked the Gaza House of Ismail Haniyeh, widely considered as the overall Hamas leader
Haniyeh lives in Qatar – Israel says the house was being used as a Hamas meeting place. Elsewhere, Palestinian media say around 50 people were killed by an air strike in the central Gaza strip.
Israel hasn’t commented on the strike, but says it targets Hamas infrastructure and minimizes civilian deaths.
On Wednesday night, Israel continued its operation at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city, which it says was being used as Hamas base.
An eyewitness has reported shooting at Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital. According to an official from the Israel Defense Forces.
They say soldiers from a special forces unit are continuing to operate at the hospital. The operations is described as complex and ongoing.
The official also says that soldiers are proceeding one building at a time, searching each floor, all while hundreds of patients and medical staff remain in the complex. They add that the activity is happening in a discrete, methodical and thorough manner.
The same official reiterates the IDF’s claim that there is well-hidden terrorist infrastructure in the complex – something Hamas denies.
And they again say they have found weapons and intelligence materials – as well as “command and control centres and communications equipment” belonging to Hamas.