February 22, 2024

Israel rejected Hamas’ demand for Israeli forces to withdraw from the Shifa Hospital in Gaza. The demand came as part of a Qatar-mediated deal to release hostages in exchange for a ceasefire. IDF Spokesperson R.-Adm. Daniel Hagari emphasized that no aspect of the deal is final until it happens. He stated that the IDF will remain inside the ceasefire line in Gaza and have freedom of movement in that area for the duration of the ceasefire. The IDF and the Shin Bet confirmed the arrest of the hospital’s director. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told Israeli forces that the ceasefire is a brief respite, and they must prepare for the continuation of the war. He predicted that there will be massive fighting in the next month.