US denies sanctioning Gaza hospital raid amid Israeli troops' extensive search
Israel-Gaza conflict: The United States has firmly denied allegations that it endorsed the Israeli military incursion into Gaza's Al-Shifa Hospital, contradicting claims made by Israeli forces that suggested American approval. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby asserted on Wednesday that the US had not given its consent to any military actions surrounding the hospital.
The denial from Washington comes in the midst of an ongoing search by Israeli troops within the hospital premises, asserting that it served as a hub for Hamas operations. Israeli military personnel claim to have uncovered weapons and combat equipment belonging to Hamas inside the hospital. In support of their claims, the Israeli forces released a video purportedly showcasing the seized arms and ammunition.
Watch as LTC (res.) Jonathan Conricus exposes the countless Hamas weapons IDF troops have uncovered in the Shifa Hospital's MRI building: pic.twitter.com/5qssP8z1XQ — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 15, 2023
Simultaneously, Qatar has announced efforts towards brokering a ceasefire agreement, intending to secure the release of approximately 50 civilian hostages from Gaza. The proposed agreement also includes provisions for an increase in humanitarian aid entering the region.
A precise and targeted operation is being carried out against Hamas in a very specific area of the Shifa Hospital. We have soldiers trained specifically for this situation, and continue to reiterate we are ONLY at war with Hamas. We continue to do everything in our power to… pic.twitter.com/75t7YEncBk — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 15, 2023
In summary, the denial by the US of approving the Israeli military operation at Al-Shifa Hospital adds a layer of complexity to the ongoing conflict, which is marked by conflicting narratives and diplomatic efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire and addressing the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
- With inputs from agencies