Heavy combating breaks out round one other Gaza hospital as infants evacuated to Egypt

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Heavy combating erupted Monday round a hospital in northern Gaza the place hundreds of sufferers and displaced folks have been sheltering for weeks, as Israel pressed an offensive it says is geared toward eradicating Hamas and uprooting their militant infrastructure.

A shell struck the second flooring of the Indonesian Hospital, killing a minimum of 12 folks, in accordance with the Health Ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza and a medical employee inside the ability. There was no speedy remark from the Israeli navy.

The advance got here a day after the World Health Organization evacuated 31 untimely infants from Shifa Hospital. At least 28 have been transported to Egypt on Monday. More than 250 critically unwell or wounded sufferers stay stranded on the compound, which Israeli forces stormed days in the past.

The plight of Gaza’s hospitals is on the focus of a battle of narratives over the struggle’s brutal toll on Palestinian civilians, hundreds of whom have been killed or buried in rubble for the reason that battle was sparked by Hamas’ Oct. 7 rampage into southern Israel.

Israel says Hamas makes use of civilians as human shields and operated a serious command hub inside and beneath Shifa, whereas critics say Israel’s siege and relentless aerial bombardment quantity to collective punishment of the territory’s 2.3 million Palestinians.

Marwan Abdallah, the medical employee on the Indonesian Hospital, mentioned Israeli tanks have been working lower than 200 meters (yards) from the hospital, and that Israeli snipers might be seen on the roofs of close by buildings. As he spoke over the telephone, the sound of gunfire might be heard within the background.

Abdallah mentioned the hospital had obtained dozens of lifeless and wounded in airstrikes and shelling in a single day.

Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra, who’s now based mostly in southern Gaza, mentioned some 600 sufferers, 200 well being care staff and a pair of,000 displaced persons are sheltering there.

In a separate growth that might relieve a number of the stress on Gaza’s collapsing well being system, dozens of vans entered the territory from Egypt on Monday with tools from Jordan to arrange a subject hospital. Jordan’s state-run media mentioned the hospital within the southern city of Khan Younis can be up and operating inside 48 hours.

Egypt’s state-run media mentioned infants evacuated from Gaza’s embattled Shifa hospital have arrived in Egypt after the Palestinian Red Crescent rescue service mentioned it was transporting 28 untimely infants from a hospital in southern Gaza to a different throughout the border in Egypt. It was not instantly clear the place the opposite three infants have been.

Following the evacuation from Shifa, over 250 sufferers with severely contaminated wounds and different pressing circumstances stay in Shifa, which might now not present most remedy after it ran out of water, medical provides and gasoline for emergency turbines amid a territory-wide blackout.

Israeli forces battled Palestinian militants exterior its gates for days earlier than coming into the ability in Wednesday. Four infants died within the two days earlier than the evacuation, in accordance with Mohamed Zaqout, the director of Gaza hospitals.

Israel’s military mentioned it has proof supporting its claims that Hamas maintained a sprawling command publish inside and beneath the hospital’s 20-acre (8-hectare) advanced, which incorporates a number of buildings.

On Sunday, the navy launched a video exhibiting what it mentioned was a tunnel found on the hospital, 55 meters (60 yards) lengthy and about 10 meters (33 ft) under floor. It mentioned the tunnel included a gap for gunmen to fireside out of, and ended at a blast-proof door that troops haven’t but opened.

Israeli forces additionally launched safety digital camera video exhibiting what they mentioned have been two overseas hostages, one Thai and one Nepalese, who have been captured by Hamas within the Oct. 7 assault and brought to the hospital. Hamas mentioned its fighters introduced them in for medical care.

The military additionally mentioned an investigation had decided that Israeli military Cpl. Noa Marciano, one other captive whose physique was recovered in Gaza, had been wounded in an Israeli strike on Nov. 9 that killed her captor, however was then killed by a Hamas militant in Shifa.

The navy has beforehand launched photographs of a number of weapons it mentioned have been discovered inside an MRI lab and mentioned that the our bodies of two hostages have been discovered close to the advanced.

The Associated Press was not in a position to independently affirm the navy’s findings.

Hamas and hospital employees have denied the allegations of a command publish beneath Shifa. Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan dismissed the newest announcement, saying “the Israelis said there was a command and control center, which means that the matter is greater than just a tunnel.”

Israel has repeatedly ordered Palestinians to depart northern Gaza and search refuge within the south, which has additionally been beneath aerial bombardment for the reason that begin of the struggle. Some 1.7 million folks, almost three quarters of Gaza’s inhabitants, have been displaced, with 900,000 packing into crowded U.N.-run shelters, in accordance with the U.N.

International support group Doctors Without Borders mentioned 70 folks have been killed and a minimum of 52 wounded, together with kids, in strikes within the southern city of Khan Younis on Saturday. It mentioned it was performing 10 burn surgical procedures a day on the city’s overwhelmed Nasser Hospital, the place tons of of individuals want such operations.

More than 11,500 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, in accordance with Palestinian well being authorities. Another 2,700 have been reported lacking, believed buried in rubble. The depend doesn’t differentiate between civilians and combatants, and Israel says it has killed hundreds of militants.

Violence has additionally surged within the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the place assaults by Jewish settlers are on the rise and the place greater than 200 Palestinians have been killed for the reason that begin of the struggle, principally in gunbattles triggered by Israeli navy raids.

About 1,200 folks have been killed on the Israeli facet, primarily civilians through the Oct. 7 assault, by which Hamas dragged some 240 captives again into Gaza. The navy says 66 Israeli troopers have been killed in Gaza floor operations.

Hamas has launched 4 hostages, Israel has rescued one, and the our bodies of two have been discovered close to Shifa.

Israel, the United States and Qatar, which mediates with Hamas, have been negotiating a hostage launch for weeks. Israel’s three-member struggle Cabinet is to satisfy with representatives of the hostages’ households on Monday night.


Magdy reported from Cairo. Associated Press writers Tia Goldenberg in Tel Aviv, Israel and Melanie Lidman in Jerusalem contributed.

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