Hostage photos and videos found on laptops at Shifa Hospital, IDF says

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Israeli forces found photos and videos of hostages captured by Hamas on Oct. 7 during its ongoing operation in Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital, the Israel Defense Forces said on Thursday.

IDF International Spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told a BBC reporting team accompanying soldiers during their targeted raids inside the medical centre that pictures and videos of some of the hostages after they were taken to Gaza were found on laptop computers.

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“We uncovered a lot of equipment that can shed light on the current situation, hopefully also regarding the hostages,” said Conricus.

Dr. Muhammad Abu-Salamiyyah, director of Shifa, told Al Jazeera that “the IDF forces collected bodies from the hospital.”

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The IDF said on Thursday that the air force’s elite Shaldag commando unit and soldiers from the 36th Armored Division continue to operate in the Shifa Hospital complex, and that the operations are “focused” as special forces carefully move from building to building, scanning each floor.

Patients and staff are still in the hospital as the soldiers operate with “discretion, patience and thoroughness.

“We operate with the understanding that there is much more terror infrastructure in the area of the complex that is well hidden,” the IDF said.

No hospital staff or soldiers have been injured during the operation, according to the military.

Troops entered Shifa overnight Tuesday to conduct what the military said was a precision operation against Hamas, which is headquartered in a vast tunnel system underneath the Gaza Strip’s largest hospital.

IDF troops say they have found weapons, military technology and intelligence information in the compound.

An operational command center, weapons and technological assets were found in the hospital’s MRI building and the material is undergoing Israeli intelligence analysis, according to Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the IDF spokesman.

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