July 1, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Uncovers Hamas Hideout, Facilities in Medical Clinic and UNRWA School

July 1, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Uncovers Hamas Hideout, Facilities in Medical Clinic and UNRWA School

Latest Developments

Israeli forces operating in the northern Gaza neighborhood of Shujaiya discovered that Hamas used a medical facility and a United Nations school for terrorist activities, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on June 30. “As part of operational searches of civilian structures converted into terrorist infrastructure in the large neighborhood, the soldiers raided a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school that Hamas’ Shejaiya Battalion was using as a hideout and a warehouse. The troops discovered dozens of weapons, grenades, and valuable intelligence documents,” Israel’s Ynet reported. The IDF said that its 7th Brigade forces “located a terrorist war room in a medical clinic containing communications devices, enemy documents, and observation devices.” The IDF began a new offensive in Gaza’s Shujaiya neighborhood on June 27 after calling on civilians to evacuate the area.

Expert Analysis

“The IDF’s raid into Shujaiya was necessitated by the continuing presence of Hamas terrorists who returned to the area over the last months. This illustrates the difficulty of ridding Gaza of the Hamas threat. Additionally, the discovery of terrorist infrastructure in a school and a medical facility once again illustrates how Hamas and other terror groups have systematically made civilian institutions key nodes in their terrorist empire in Gaza.” — Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

“Despite claims by the Israeli military that it has dismantled most of Hamas’s battalions, the battalion in Shujaiya appears to be intact or has possibly regrouped. This highlights the risk that Israel’s initial successes in destroying terrorist units can be offset by the ability of armed groups to rapidly reconstitute their forces by recruiting new members to replace those eliminated. The persistence of the Shujaiya Battalion serves as a reminder that defeating terrorist organizations requires a sustained and multi-faceted approach rather than a one-time military victory.”Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

Hamas Uses Schools, Medical Facilities, and UN Sites for Terrorist Purposes   

Hamas has consistently exploited civilian educational institutions and medical facilities across Gaza to carry out terror attacks on Israel. On June 25, the IDF said it carried out an airstrike on a building at the Islamic University in Gaza that Hamas has used to launch anti-tank missiles at Israeli troops. Additionally, The Times of Israel reported on June 6 that about 20 to 30 Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists, including some who participated in the October 7 massacre, were “embedded” within a UN school in Nuseirat. Historically, Hamas has built its rule in Gaza around hospitals and other civilian institutions, making it more difficult for the IDF to operate against the terrorist group.

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