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Ahmed Kahlot, director of the Kamal Adwan Hospital, and a Hamas terrorist.

The director of a Gaza hospital admitted to Israeli interrogators that he was recruited by Hamas to help turn the Strip’s medical centers into military facilities, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced on Tuesday.

In a video released by the Shin Bet, Ahmed Kahlot, director of the Kamal Adwan Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, told his interrogator, “I was recruited to Hamas in 2010 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. There are employees in the hospital who are military operatives of Ezz a-Din Al-Qassem – doctors, brothers, paramedics, clerks, staff members.”


Kahlot added, “They hide in hospitals because they believe that a hospital is a safe place. They will not be harmed if they are inside a hospital.”

Israel security forces arrested Kahlot on December 12.

During the interrogation, Kahlot described how Hamas used hospitals and ambulances to hide operatives, launch military activity, transport members of terror squads and even a deliver a kidnapped Israeli soldier.

“There are about 16 employees in the hospital who are military operatives of Ezz a-Din Al-Qassem – doctors, brothers, paramedics, clerks, staff members,” he said.

“Hamas has offices inside the hospitals. There are places for senior officials, they also brought a kidnapped soldier there. There is a designated place for investigations, internal security, and special security. They all have private phone lines inside the hospital,” Kahlot said.

Regarding the kidnapped soldier, Kahlot explained that “Hamas uses private ambulances. It has a different color, and no license plate. It was used to bring the kidnapped soldier and to transfer bodies. It comes and goes and does not take down the wounded.”

Kahlot recalled to the interrogator, “Once I begged them to take a wounded man to the Indonesian hospital, for healing, for treatment, they refused. Their mission is more important.”

He added, “The leaders of Hamas are cowards. They left us in the field while they hide in hiding places. They destroyed us.”

On November 23, Israeli security forces arrested Muhammad Abu Salmiya, director of the Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s largest medical facility.

As far back as 2009, the Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) reported during the Gaza war of that year that Hamas operatives were hiding in the hospital, and that the basement had become Hamas’s headquarters.

As the Tazpit Press Service reported, in addition to being used to hide Hamas leaders and hostages, the terror group is known to have launched rockets, tortured suspected collaborators and hoarded a half-million liters of fuel in the hospital compound.

Other Gazans interrogated by Israel have confirmed that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have also embedded themselves other hospitals and in the Strip’s Palestinian Red Crescent headquarters.

At least 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on Oct. 7. The number of men, women, children, soldiers and foreigners held captive in Gaza by Hamas is now believed to be 129. Other people remain unaccounted for as Israeli authorities continue to identify bodies and search for human remains.

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