Joint IDF and ISA announcement:

Revealed in ISA investigation: Ahmad Kahalot, the Director of the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, admits that Hamas has turned hospitals into military facilities under their control: “I was recruited to Hamas in 2010 with the rank of Brigadier General. There are employees in the hospital who are military operatives of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades – doctors, nurses, paramedics, clerks, and staff members״.

Kahalot was apprehended on December 12th at the Kamal Adwan Hospital by the IDF and ISA.

During the ISA interrogation, Ahmad Kahalot describes how Hamas uses hospitals for military purposes, including hiding its operatives, carrying out military activity, moving around Hamas members, and even bringing a captured soldier to the hospital.

Quotes from Ahmad Kahalot’s interrogation:

“They hide in hospitals because for them a hospital is a safe place. They won’t be targeted when they are inside a hospital”.

”I know 16 employees in the hospital – doctor, nurse, paramedic, or clerks… who also have different positions in al-Qassam”.

“There are offices where the Hamas leader and two of the senior officials were. There’s a place where the soldier was in (the kidnapped soldier). There’s a place for the interrogators, internal security, and special security. All of them have private telephone lines inside the hospital”.

”They [Hamas] have a private ambulance, even it color and the way it’s painted are different, and it doesn’t have a license plate. They used it to transport the soldier [kidnapped] and transport bodies… It didn’t assist us with transporting the injured”.

”I begged him to take someone to the Indonesian Hospital, take to Shifa [hospital], but he would refused. His mission is more important”.

“The leaders of Hamas are cowards. They left us in the field while they hide in secret places… They have destroyed us”.

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