Israeli Troops Withdraw from Gaza's Al-Shifa Hospital

  • Following a two-week raid, Israeli forces withdrew from the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Monday. BBC News
  • In a statement following the withdrawal, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they exited the compound after a "precise" operation that "killed terrorists" and found "numerous weapons and intelligence documents," while claiming to prevent "harm to civilians, patients and medical teams." BBC News
  • However, images and videos of the hospital — already out of service after previous Israeli attacks — showed it charred and heavily damaged. Health officials in Gaza also rejected Israel's assertions that the hospital was used by Hamas fighters for military purposes. Associated Press (LR: 3 CP: 5)
  • A number of previous investigations — including by the Guardian, the Washington Post and Al Jazeera — have concluded that the evidence falls short of showing that Hamas has used the hospital as a headquarters or to stage attacks. Washington Post (LR: 2 CP: 5)
  • Following the Israeli withdrawal, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said that the bodies of dozens of civilians, some of them decomposed, have been recovered from in and around the Al-Shifa hospital. It added that the complex was set on fire after the Israeli exit, leaving it "completely out of service." WION

Pro-Israel narrative:

  • Israel has withdrawn from the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza after a successful operation in which Israeli troops killed and captured many Palestinian terrorists. Numerous weapons and intelligence documents were also seized from the site.

Pro-Palestine narrative:

  • Despite Israel's allegations, there's no evidence the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza was being used by Hamas fighters. These are lies spread by Israel in an attempt to justify war crimes.

Nerd narrative:

  • There's a 50% chance that there will be at least 50K Palestinian civilian deaths in the Israel-Gaza conflict before July 1, 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
    METACULUS (LR: 3 CP: 3)

We’ve known that Hamas has had torture chambers at Al Shifa hospital since 2014 at least.…/gaza-palestinians-tortured-summaril…

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