Israel’s army has launched a video of what it claims is a 55-metre tunnel utilized by Hamas beneath Gaza’s largest hospital.
The footage, revealed on social media, is “more proof” that Hamas is utilizing sufferers as “human shields”, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) declare.
The video, at al Shifa, begins with pictures of what’s described as an “operational tunnel shaft”, which appears to be like like a round gap within the floor.
The shaft is alleged to drop 10 metres, negotiated utilizing a three-metre ladder and a spiral staircase for the opposite seven metres, the IDF mentioned.
At the underside is a tunnel in two sections of 5 metres and 50 metres, the IDF added.
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“The tunnel entrance contains various defence mechanisms, such as a blast-proof door and a firing hole, in an attempt by Hamas to block Israeli forces from entering,” the IDF mentioned on X, previously often called Twitter.
“For weeks we’ve been telling the world about Hamas’s cynical use of the residents of Gaza and patients of Shifa Hospital as human shields. Here is more proof.”
There are blurry pictures of the “blast door” and its firing gap.
The tunnel itself has flat sides and a concave roof.
The video was filmed on Friday 17 November based on a date stamp on the footage.
The IDF has mentioned Hamas has a command centre beneath the hospital – a declare denied by Hamas and by hospital employees.
Earlier, the World Health Organisation (WHO) mentioned al Shifa hospital – as soon as the biggest, most superior and best-equipped hospital in Gaza – had basically stopped functioning as a medical facility.
A workforce of UN and WHO consultants performed a “high-risk operation” on Saturday to get contained in the hospital, regardless of heavy combating reported to be ongoing close by and a mass exodus of sufferers, docs and different displaced individuals sheltering there.
A WHO spokesperson mentioned: “Due to time limits associated with the security situation, the team was able to spend only one hour inside the hospital, which they described as a ‘death zone’ and the situation as ‘desperate’.
“Signs of shelling and gunfire had been evident. The workforce noticed a mass grave on the entrance of the hospital and had been advised greater than 80 individuals had been buried there.”
They mentioned the ability had successfully stopped functioning as a hospital.