Almost six weeks after the Islamist Hamas attack on Israel, soldiers have recovered the bodies of hostages near Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip.

The body of the young soldier kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in the border area on October 7th was found in a building near the largest hospital in the city of Gaza, a military spokesman said on the X platform, formerly Twitter. Noa Marciano’s body was identified by experts in Israel. A cause of death was not initially announced.

The armed wing of the Islamist Hamas, the Qassam Brigades, had previously published a video of the woman on Telegram. Among other things, she was seen with very serious injuries. The terrorist organization claimed the soldier was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip on November 9. The information could not be independently verified.

Second dead hostage

The military had previously discovered the body of a 65-year-old hostage in a building neighboring the hospital. The woman was kidnapped from the border town of Beeri on October 7th during the Hamas massacre in Israel. Weapons such as submachine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were also found in the building.

During their operation in the largest clinic on the coastal strip, the Israeli armed forces said they also found command and control centers. A military representative left it unclear what this actually meant. Weapons, computers and military equipment were also found there.

It remained unclear whether one of the centers discovered was also the command center of the Palestinian Islamist organization, which the army suspected to be under the hospital. Hamas denies the existence of such a base beneath the clinic.

Fighters from the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas from the Gaza Strip attacked Israel on October 7th and brutally killed around 1,200 people. At the same time, around 240 people were kidnapped as hostages. Israel then began airstrikes and a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip at the end of October. According to Palestinian information, more than 11,000 people were killed. According to the UN, the supply situation is catastrophic. Israel is under international pressure for its conduct of the war – especially since the attack on the Shifa clinic.

Netanyahu: Failing to minimize civilian casualties

The Israeli leader acknowledged that the armed forces are not always successful in their attempt to avoid civilian casualties. The military is trying to end the military operation in the Gaza Strip with a minimum of civilian casualties, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with the US television station CBS.

“We’re trying to do that, but unfortunately we’re not succeeding. Every death of a civilian is a tragedy. We’re trying to do everything in our power to get civilians out of harm’s way, while Hamas is doing everything it can to keep them there.”

Military: Dead in shooting in West Bank

Four people were killed in a shootout at a checkpoint in the West Bank, according to the Israeli Defense Forces. Israeli soldiers and police shot three suspected terrorists from the Islamist Hamas from Hebron at the checkpoint near Jerusalem, the military said. The attackers were planning an attack on the Israeli troops. An Israeli soldier was also killed in the shooting.

Israel Army: Hamas tunnel discovered on Shifa Clinic site

Israeli soldiers say they uncovered a Hamas tunnel on the grounds of Shifa Hospital. A booby-trapped vehicle containing a large amount of weapons, ammunition and handcuffs was also discovered at the site, the military said.

The army suspects that it was prepared for the Hamas massacre in Israel on October 7th and the hostage-taking. A tunnel was also discovered in Rantisi Hospital. Weapons and ammunition were also found in the Al-Kuds Hospital.

Israel: Delivery of water and food to Shifa Clinic

Israel’s military said it delivered more than 4,000 liters of drinking water and 1,500 food rations to Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip. The military announced this on the X platform, formerly Twitter. Photos showed a truck carrying water bottles and a pallet being unloaded by a forklift. The military’s information could not initially be independently confirmed.

Israel’s military reported early Wednesday morning that soldiers had entered the largest hospital in the city of Gaza. The operation appears to be continuing – despite international protests against the military operation in a hospital. Israel accuses the Islamist Hamas of using the clinic as a terrorist base.

According to a US media report, Israel’s head of government also sees “strong indications” that hostages were being held by Hamas in the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip. That was one of the reasons why Israeli soldiers invaded the Shifa clinic, Netanyahu told the CBS television station.

Israel takes control of western Gaza city

Israel’s army has gained control of the western part of the city of Gaza in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Defense Minister Joav Galant. “The next phase has begun,” Galant said. He left it open what this phase should look like in concrete terms.

The Israeli army also reported that it had taken “operational control” of the city’s port, which was previously controlled by Hamas. Local sources confirmed the takeover to the dpa. Israel’s army once again urged civilians in several neighborhoods of the embattled city of Gaza to flee. Hundreds of thousands have already fled from the north to the south of the coastal strip. However, there were also several Israeli air strikes there.

What is important today

After his verbal attacks on Israel and his defense of Hamas, which the EU has classified as a terrorist organization, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to visit Germany. Today he wants to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the Chancellery. Erdogan recently defended Hamas as a “liberation organization” and condemned Israel as a “terror state.”

In addition, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell wanted to travel to Ramallah for talks. Among other things, talks with representatives of civil society and a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were planned.