Israeli Army Arrests 35 Medical Workers during Ground Invasion in Gaza

Israel continues to target hospitals in the besieged Gaza Strip. (Photo: via QNN)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The Israeli occupation army detained 35 medical workers in hospitals in the Gaza Strip, including doctors and ambulance drivers, during the ground invasion, for allegedly cooperating with Hamas, Israeli media reported.

Israel’s Kan 11 radio station reported that the Israeli army, in cooperation with the Shin Bet, arrested medical personnel during the ground invasion by raiding hospitals and medical complexes in the Gaza Strip.

The radio station pointed out that during the ground invasions into the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army stormed Al-Shifa, the Indonesian and Al-Rantisi Hospitals in Gaza City, and Muhammad Youssef Al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, claiming that they provide assistance to Palestinian Resistance groups and cooperate with Hamas.

Those arrested include the Director of Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Abu Salmiya, whose detention was extended last week by an Israeli court by 45 days for allegedly “aiding the enemy during wartime and providing assistance to a terrorist organization,” according to the Israeli army.

The hospital director was arrested, according to the occupation’s accusations, “after extensive evidence emerged indicating that the hospital, under its direct management, served as the main headquarters of the Hamas movement, which used many resources, including electricity, to maintain the tunnel systems built under the hospital. In addition to this, Hamas stored many weapons inside and around the hospital,” according to Israeli allegations that were refuted by Hamas and the Al-Shifa Hospital administration.

According to the spokesperson for the  United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), hospitals in Gaza have become battlegrounds and fields of combat.

Throughout the war, Israel has targeted several medical facilities in Gaza, claiming that Palestinian fighters use them to move around and shelter, without providing any evidence for these claims.

Since October 7, 16,250 Palestinians have been killed and more than 43,616 wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.


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