Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken to CBS Evening News in the US, telling the channel there were “strong indications” that Israeli hostages were being held at the Al-Shifa hospital and this was “one of the reasons we entered”.
Netanyahu said there were no hostages at the hospital when forces entered the hospital on Wednesday, claiming: “If there were [hostages], they were taken out”
Israel says it has further intelligence about those being held, but Netanyahu said: “the less I say about it, the better”.
Israel has repeatedly accused Hamas of housing a major base underneath the Al-Shifa hospital – which Hamas denies.
Netanyahu did not elaborate on what information Israel had to suggest that hostages were being held at Al-Shifa.
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