Israel’s renewed battle at Shifa Hospital emblematic of difficulty wiping out Hamas

The Shifa Hospital in Gaza has been emblematic of how embedded Hamas is in the everyday life of the enclave, and its return to headlines months after Israel seized it demonstrates the country’s continued fight against the terrorist group.

Last November, the Israel Defense Forces took control of the hospital in the northern part of the strip after it became clear Hamas was using it to shield itself from reciprocal attacks, a common tactic of the extremists. Israeli forces discovered underground infrastructure beneath the hospital previously used by Hamas.

From then on, Israel had systematically moved its way south. But in recent days, Israeli forces have once again found themselves engaged in combat around the medical center, raising serious questions about their stated goal to wipe Hamas and other terrorist entities out.

Israeli soldiers stand outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza
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