BBC journalists accompany Israeli army inside Gaza's largest hospital: Reactions

"Doctors at the hospital say that they have been working without electricity, food and water for days"

by Sead Dedovic
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BBC journalists accompany Israeli army inside Gaza's largest hospital: Reactions
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The BBC and another television crew were the first journalists invited by the Israeli army to see what was found at the hospital. The Israelis successfully occupied a hospital in the Gaza Strip, and they emphasized that it is actually one of the headquarters of Hamas, who built underground tunnels.

The Israelis suspect that Hamas fighters retreated through those tunnels together with the Israeli hostages. "Any additional light here is risky, so we grope with our hands as we walk through the complex, following the heavily armed soldiers sent to secure us, visiting improvised tents, debris and sleeping people."- BBC journalist said.

Many residents of the Gaza Strip have just found solace here. They fear for their lives, and are aware that every new day represents a great challenge. "Doctors at the hospital say that they have been working without electricity, food and water for days and that critically ill patients, including newborns, have died as a result.

People displaced by the fighting in the Gaza Strip sought refuge in the hospital, believing it to be a safe place."

Israelis

The Israelis are ready to show what is happening at the moment. As the journalist emphasizes, the situation is tense and serious.

In these moments it is necessary to remain calm. "But Israel says Hamas' vast network of underground tunnels also extends beneath Al-Shifa Hospital. The masked special forces leading us into the building over the ruins and broken glass are a sign of how tense the situation remains.

Our presence, just a day after Israel took control of the hospital, speaks volumes for the Israeli soldiers' motivation to show the world why they are here," writes the BBC. After nearly 24 hours of securing and searching the hospital, Israel says it found weapons and other equipment that could help provide information on both the Hamas fighters and the hostages.

The Israelis still hope that Hamas will release the hostages, and that the Israeli prisoners will peacefully return to their homes. Both sides want to achieve their goals by any means.

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