The director of Gaza’s largest hospital stated sufferers have been “screaming from thirst” as its water and oxygen provides have run out.
Muhammad Abu Salmiya stated Israeli forces had blown up the Al Shifa Hospital’s fundamental water line. He described circumstances contained in the hospital as “tragic”.
Israel continues to be conducting search operations inside Gaza’s largest hospital having despatched troops inside on Wednesday. Israel claims Hamas is working a command centre in tunnels beneath the well being facility, allegations which have been denied by docs and the Gaza well being ministry.
“The circumstances are tragic and people within the hospital are screaming from thirst,” Mr Abu Salmiya advised the BBC.
“Sniping operations proceed, nobody can transfer from one constructing to a different, and we’ve misplaced communication with our colleagues,” stated Mr Abu Salmiya.
Late on Thursday the IDF launched movies and images of what it described as an “operational tunnel” inside the Al Shifa Hospital complicated, in addition to footage of a automobile containing weapons. Earlier it launched movies of duffel luggage with weapons that it stated have been discovered contained in the hospital.
Hamas stated the sooner video was staged, whereas different Palestinians stated that – even when they have been actual – they present nothing just like the militant command centre claimed by Israel to justify raiding the hospital.
“These are weak pretexts. There’s nothing for the resistance inside medical establishments,” stated Dr Nahed Abu Taaema, the director of the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, who stated medics have been alarmed for his or her colleagues at Al Shifa after dropping contact with them since Wednesday.
The well being ministry in Gaza stated Israeli bulldozers broken parts of the southern entrance to the medical complicated.
Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesperson for Gaza’s well being ministry, stated “1000’s of girls, youngsters, sick and wounded are in peril of demise” as Israeli navy raids on the hospital have continued.
The World Well being Organisation has joined different humanitarian organisations, together with Docs With out Borders, to demand an finish to assaults on healthcare services in Gaza and have referred to as for a right away ceasefire.
This comes as Israeli airstrikes continued all through Gaza on Thursday, and the enclave skilled a widespread communications blackout as a result of depletion of gasoline for the mills of the first telecommunications supplier.
“All telecom companies” within the Gaza strip have been out of service, in response to statements from the 2 main Palestinian cell networks Jawwal and Paltel on Thursday, “as all power sources sustaining the community have been depleted, and gasoline was not allowed in”.
On Thursday, Israeli forces stated they discovered the physique of 65-year-old Yehudit Weiss, who was kidnapped from Be’eri kibbutz close to the Gaza border by Hamas on 7 October.
Weiss’s physique was present in a constructing close to the al-Shifa hospital, stated officers of the Israel Protection Forces (IDF). She had been receiving most cancers remedy, in response to Israeli forces.
“The physique of Yehudit Weiss, who was kidnapped by the Hamas terrorist organisation, was extracted by IDF troops from a construction adjoining to the Shifa hospital within the Gaza Strip and was transferred to Israeli territory,” stated a spokesperson.
“Within the construction through which Yehudit was situated, navy gear together with Kalashnikov rifles and RPGs have been additionally discovered,” stated the spokesperson.
In line with the Convey Them Dwelling Now group, Weiss was with out her remedy when she was taken hostage by Hamas.
“Sadly, Yehudit was murdered by terrorists in Gaza and we didn’t get to her in time,” the IDF spokesperson advised the media.
Since 7 October, at the very least 11,470 Palestinians have been killed in retaliatory strikes by Israel on Gaza. Experiences stated this determine has not been up to date for a number of days as a result of collapse of the Gaza Strip’s well being system amid Israel’s fixed bombardment.
In the meantime, it was reported that Israel has dropped leaflets in southern Gaza, advising Palestinian civilians to evacuate 4 cities located on the japanese periphery of Khan Younis metropolis in southern Gaza.
Israel had initially advised civilians to flee northern Gaza, and tens of 1000’s of Palestinians had migrated to UN-run shelters and household properties in latest weeks.
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