The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday arrested Mohammed Abu Selemya, director of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, along with few other staffers of the largest medical facility in the besieged enclave.The hospital has been one of the major focus areas of the Israeli military ground offensive in Gaza it launched on October 27.

The IDF has maintained that the Hamas militant group operates a command centre underneath Al-Shifa and also uses the medical complex as a base, with several tunnel entry points within the hospital.