The IDF reported on Monday that over 300 terrorists from different groups have been apprehended and brought to Israel for interrogation since the beginning of the ground operation in the Gaza Strip.
These interrogations, led by Unit 504 of the Intelligence Corps, which specializes in operating undercover agents, have provided substantial and valuable information aiding forces on the ground and leading to strikes against numerous terrorist targets.
To highlight the significance of these interrogations, the army released footage from the questioning of three detained terrorists. In the footage, one terrorist confesses to Israeli investigators that not only Hamas but also Palestinian Islamic Jihad members were active in Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza. He revealed that some even disguised themselves as medical staff, a fact known to the hospital's staff, who were "angry about it" but seemingly took no action.
Another terrorist told investigators that terrorists concealed rockets in mattresses in the Palestine Red Crescent building, where a large number of displaced Gazans were staying, and decried Hamas' practice of using civilians as "human shields."
A third detainee informed his interrogators of terrorist activities at Al Rantisi Hospital and what he referred to as the "Swedish hospital" in Gaza, likely alluding to a clinic in the city. He observed around 100 "organized" terrorists in several groups near Al Rantisi Hospital. He reported that these terrorists used hospitals as bases for launching attacks while disguised in civilian clothing.
In a statement, the IDF said "Using accurate human intelligence provided by the 504 Unit, over 300 newfound enemy targets in the Gaza Strip were confirmed and over 100 targets were struck as part of the target production effort."
A senior Unit 504 official said since the beginning of the war, they had received "thousands of phone calls from Gazans, on a scale never seen before in the unit" with tips on Hamas and various other terrorist groups, indicating that the "residents of the Gaza Strip are not satisfied with the barbaric conduct of Hamas" and that "the ordinary civilian understands that Hamas is bringing disaster to the residents of Gaza that will be difficult for them to recover from."