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White House says it has intelligence that Hamas and other militants shelter in Gaza hospitals

The White House's national security council spokesperson, John Kirby, said the US does not support strikes against hospitals

AP Khan Younis Published 15.11.23, 10:16 AM
Hamas says 650 patients and 5,000 to 7,000 other civilians are trapped inside Al Shifa hospital grounds, under constant fire from Israeli snipers and drones

Hamas says 650 patients and 5,000 to 7,000 other civilians are trapped inside Al Shifa hospital grounds, under constant fire from Israeli snipers and drones AP/PTI

The US said Tuesday that it has unspecified intelligence that Hamas and another Palestinian militant group use some hospitals in the Gaza Strip — including Shifa Hospital — and tunnels underneath them, to hide and support their military operations, and to hold hostages.

The White House's national security council spokesperson, John Kirby, said the US does not support strikes against hospitals.

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“We do not support striking a hospital from the air,” Kirby told reporters accompanying President Joe Biden aboard Air Force One to San Francisco for a summit with Asia-Pacific leaders. “Hospitals and patients must be protected.”

Kirby said the US also does not want to see “a firefight in a hospital where innocent people, helpless people, sick people are simply trying to get the medical care that they deserve.”

When asked about evidence to support the claim, Kirby said “it comes from a variety of intelligence sourcing.” He wouldn't be more specific.

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