JERUSALEM, Israel — The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released a video Monday of soldiers working together with United Nations personnel to evacuate newborns and babies in incubators out of Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, which has been a base for Hamas.
According to the IDF, the babies will be transferred to Egypt for further care there.
The IDF, in cooperation with COGAT, helped facilitate the safe evacuation of newborn babies from the Shifa Hospital to receive medical treatment in Egypt.
IDF teams on the ground assisted UN teams in the evacuation using incubators provided by Israel.
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— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 20, 2023
Israel has been criticized for military operations near hospitals, but the IDF counters that Hamas is using hospitals to house its military facilities, in violation of international humanitarian law; and that it is helping civilians evacuate to other facilities.
On the subject of children, IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari had this to say during a briefing Monday evening:
Today was celebrated worldwide as International Children’s Day. At this moment, 40 boys and girls are being held in the Gaza Strip. They were brutally kidnapped from their beds by Hamas terrorists. They are being kept across Gaza, away from their homes. Some are held without their parents, without basic rights. The people responsible for this crime are the Hamas leadership, led by Yahya Sinwar. He is solely responsible for knowing where these children are and is the one responsible for this. We and the entire world have a moral obligation to return these children and all the hostages home. To the families of the hostages – we will do everything, everything to make this happen.
There are reports that the Israeli military is operating, as of Monday, near the so-called “Indonesian” hospital, a facility that the IDF has said is atop Hamas terror tunnels.
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