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Israeli soldiers stand outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City

IDF Arrests Gaza’s Shifa Hospital Head, Sends Him for Questioning as Terror Suspect

The director of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City was arrested by Israeli forces on Thursday morning, November 23, and taken for questioning by the Shin Bet security agency, Israeli officials said. Several other medical personnel from the hospital were also reportedly detained.

A joint statement issued by the IDF and Shin Bet said Mohammad Abu Salmiya had been arrested and was being interrogated on suspicion of enabling the hospital to be used by Hamas as an operations center. “Mohammad Abu Salmiya was arrested along with several other senior doctors,” Khalid Abu Samra, a chief of department at the hospital, said earlier Thursday.

The Israeli statement noted that “considerable evidence was revealed that the hospital, under his direct management, served as a headquarters of the terrorist organization Hamas.” It said Hamas used many resources from the hospital, including electricity, to maintain a tunnel system under the facility.

“In addition, Hamas stored many weapons in and around the hospital,” the statement said, adding that there was “extensive terrorist activity” in the medical center which was under Abu Salmiya’s management.

Previously, before the signing of the hostage deal, Hamas had made a last-minute demand that Israel withdraw its forces from al-Shifa Hospital. However, Israel vehemently rejected the demand according to a report from Israeli media, and it was eventually not included in the deal. (TOI / VFI News)

“Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.” - Psalm 5:9