Hamas claims it began delivering medicine to Gaza hostages

Hamas has confirmed receipt of a shipment of medicines under a deal brokered by Qatar and has begun delivering the supplies to hostages held in Gaza, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday in a statement.

Qatar and France struck a deal last month with Israel and Hamas to supply urgent medicine to hostages held by the terror group in Gaza, in return for humanitarian and medical aid for the enclave’s most vulnerable civilians.

“Qatar received these confirmations as a mediator in the agreement, which includes the entry of the medicines and the dispatch of humanitarian aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip, especially in the most affected and damaged areas, in return for supplying the medicines that the hostages need. the sector,” Qatar Foreign Ministry spokesperson Majed Al-Ansari said in a statement.

Medication for Gaza hostages found at Nasser Hospital in Gaza, February 18, 2024 (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)

IDF found medicines intended for hostage taking in Gaza hospital

Recently, the IDF discovered multiple shipments of medicine with the names of hostages written on them, implying that the shipments never reached their intended target.

The medicines that the IDF soldiers found at the Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis were closed and unused. Some of them were still enclosed in sealed brown boxes. Each medicine box bore the name of the hostage for whom it was intended.

The IDF said the source of the drugs and their use were under investigation.

Later on Tuesday, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying: “Qatar’s statement is a direct result of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistence on receiving proof of the arrival of the drugs for the hostages.

“Israel will investigate the credibility of the report and remain committed to the well-being of the hostages,” the report concluded.

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