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Israel Hamas battle force claims it found Hamas rocket lab inside Gaza mosque ‘once a place of worship’

Israeli Defense Forces on Wednesday shared a purported video of a mosque in Gaza, where it found a Hamas-run laboratory for making rockets in addition to stockpiled weapons. Israeli forces said the Palestinian militant group was using the mosque in Gaza’s Zitoun neighborhood as a weapons storage facility.

“Holy places like mosques should not be used as masks for terrorism,” the IDF said in a post on Twitter, sharing video of the mosque.

“Hamas used this mosque as a weapons storage facility and laboratory for Hamas rockets. “Finding dozens of mortars, warhead missiles, thermobaric weapons, RPGs and a tunnel shaft,” it said.

“What was once a place of worship is now the home of terrorism.”

“I want you to understand: A mosque in the Zeitoun area is being used as a laboratory to make weapons,” IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said at a news conference on Sunday, the Times of Israel reported. Was.”

“Soldiers enter the mosque, scan, and ensure there are no traps. They go inside this mosque and find a tunnel shaft … and a staircase,” Hagari said.

The Times of Israel reported that Israeli soldiers found “a rocket-making workshop” in the basement.

“Terrorists are firing rockets at a mosque. “Islam and symbols of Islam are being used to create terror,” he alleged.

Also read: Israel approves deal with Hamas to release 50 Gaza hostages, 4-day pause in fighting

The Israeli government on Wednesday backed a deal with Hamas to free 50 hostages in Gaza in exchange for a four-day pause in fighting to deliver humanitarian aid to the coastal strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

Under this agreement brokered by Qatar and America, 150 Palestinians will also be released from Israeli jails.

It is the first ceasefire since the war began on October 7 when Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel that killed about 1,400 Israelis.

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