Gaza’s largest hospital has reportedly ceased operations. Two families raising white flags were killed while trying to evacuate, according to the hospital director. Israel rejects responsibility: – Anyone who wants to leave can do so, says an Israeli spokesman.
The short version
- The largest hospital in Gaza has suspended operations due to fuel shortages. Patients are dying, according to the administration.
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On Saturday morning, Israeli forces and Hamas soldiers reportedly engaged in heavy fighting in central Gaza City. Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza, ended its operation because the hospital ran out of fuel, according to the Hamas-run Ministry of Health. Hospitals need fuel to run power generators.
The head of the maternity department at Al-Shifa Hospital, Nasser Bulbul, told Aftenposten-based independent journalist Amira Harouda on Saturday afternoon that two infants died from a lack of oxygen after the hospital lost access to oxygen.
It was reported that a citizen was killed as a result of an Israeli shell falling on the intensive care unit, according to a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Israel allowed aid shipments to enter Gaza from Egypt, but did not want to bring fuel in, because it feared it would eventually reach Hamas fighters.
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– Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Ede, says that this matter has gone beyond the limits, with regard to the attack on the hospital in Gaza. However, he rejects economic sanctions against Israel.
He says: There is no political climate for that at the present time.
According to Hamas-controlled health authorities, several people were killed in or near the hospital. Director of health authorities Moir Al-Bersh told Al Jazeera that the death toll is so high that mass graves are being planned in the area.
– We cannot move inside or outside the hospital. We are surrounded and cannot bury the dead. He told the TV channel: We have to build a mass grave on the hospital grounds.
It is very difficult for international journalists to get a clear picture of what is happening in Gaza, as Israel and Egypt do not allow any of them to enter. The actions of war in the region mean that there is also a shortage of photos and reports from local journalists. Therefore, it is difficult for Aftenposten and other media to verify what is happening on the ground.
On Saturday afternoon, the IDF responded to Aftenposten’s inquiries about the situation at Shifa Hospital:
– There is no shooting in the hospital, and there is no siege. The response was that the eastern side of the hospital was still open.
– we [IDF] The Israeli army claimed that it could coordinate with anyone who wanted to leave the hospital safely.
– People who tried to leave the hospital were shot
All communications with Al-Shifa Hospital were cut off on Saturday morning. MSF first reported that people who tried to leave the hospital were shot.
– As this report is being written, our staff is witnessing people being shot as they try to escape from Al-Shifa Hospital, the relief organization wrote on social media.
Palestinian journalist Mustafa Sarsour, who was inside the hospital, told Al Jazeera that Israeli drones were flying around the hospital grounds, and anyone moving outside the hospital risked being shot.
– He said that no one could leave the hospital area as a result of the violent fighting.
The director of Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Abu Salamiya, told the independent newspaper Aftenposten on Saturday that some families were trying to evacuate the hospital raising white flags when they were killed.
Some of them were martyred, some of them were injured, and some of them returned the injured to the hospital. He adds that the martyrs have not been taken out yet because the occupation forces attack anyone who tries to take them out.
The hospital is now suffering from a lack of electricity, medical supplies, food and water. This causes the death of patients, according to the director.
Abu Salamiya said the hospital’s intensive care unit was bombed and that many would have died there if the area had not been cleared.
– The fourth floor was also bombed, and another in another bombing, which means that bombing is all around us and the hospital is under attack, even the wounded and sick. It is a very difficult situation. He added: “No matter how much we talk, we cannot describe this situation.”
IDF: – Liar
After the Israeli army left on Saturday afternoon and commented on the situation in Al-Shifa Hospital, it became clear that the two sides disagreed strongly about what happened in Al-Shifa Hospital. According to the Israeli spokesman on the matter, Colonel Moshe Tetro, reports that the army attacked and besieged the hospital are “lies”:
– Battles are taking place between Israeli army forces and Hamas militants around the hospital. He said that there was no shooting at the hospital and there was no siege on it.
According to the spokesman, the eastern side of the hospital is open.
– The unit is open. Until now. Anyone who wants to leave can do so, Tetro said.
The spokesman said that he is in constant contact with the hospital director and that he has repeatedly told him that the Israeli army can coordinate so that anyone who wants to leave the hospital can do so safely.
– They will be able to go from the eastern side through Al-Wahda to Salah Adanjatan. He said that anyone who says otherwise is a liar.
– Operations have collapsed
Al Jazeera showed a video clip on Saturday morning that purported to show Al-Shifa Hospital remaining oppressed.
Patients are dying every minute, even children in incubators, the hospital director told Al Jazeera.
He continued: “We are completely cut off from the outside world, and we are minutes away from imminent death.”
A total of four hospitals in central Gaza City are said to have been cordoned off. One of them was a children’s hospital, which had to cease operations, the UN Human Rights Office wrote in its latest daily update on Saturday night.
Other sources give other figures about the number of hospitals besieged by the IDF.
– Al-Shifa Hospital collapsed. Ghassan Abu Sitta wrote on X/Twitter on Friday evening that the wounded and staff had left the hospital in large numbers. He is a British-Palestinian doctor based in Gaza City.
In a post he published shortly before midnight on Friday, he wrote that the injured were no longer receiving treatment for their injuries. They settled down as best they could.
The Independent’s chief correspondent, Bill Trew, signed X She spoke with a doctor at Al-Shifa Hospital. The doctor says that a large number of doctors and nurses have now been killed, and there is no longer medical staff to treat the huge influx of wounded.
Israeli attacks destroyed 21 hospitals and 47 health centers or forced them to close due to lack of electricity, water, medicines and equipment, according to Hamas-controlled health authorities.
More than 11,000 people were killed in the Gaza Strip in Israeli attacks over the past month, according to health authorities. Among these, more than 4,500 are children.
Thousands fear hospital after attack
Verified videos document hospitals being attacked in the Gaza Strip, Aftenposten and Faktisk Verifierspar wrote on Friday. Among the verified attacks was an attack that occurred near Al-Shifa Hospital.
video: Friday became Al-Shifa Hospital Hit in attackA number of people were killed and wounded:
The Associated Press news agency reported that thousands of Palestinians who took refuge in the hospital fled after Friday’s attack. They joined tens of thousands of people who made their way south into the southern half of the Gaza Strip. They did so through a corridor that the Israeli army left open for seven hours on Friday.
Israel claimed that Hamas had an underground command center in tunnels located beneath Al-Shifa Hospital. This is rejected by Hamas, the hospital administration, and the Norwegian doctors who worked there.
According to Dr. Muhammad Abu Salamiya, who was interviewed by the independent journalist for the Aftenposten newspaper on Saturday, there are still “thousands of families” seeking shelter inside the hospital.
“Tactical break” Saturday
Israel said it would keep a corridor open on Saturday so people could exit Gaza.
They wrote on X/Twitter that there would be a “tactical pause” of military operations between 10:00 and 14:00 to help people head south into the Gaza Strip.
Israel claims that Hamas refuses to leave residents of northern Gaza because it wants to use them as human shields.
The Israeli army announced on Saturday that it had “beaten” Ahmed Siam, who it claimed was responsible for holding a thousand civilians “hostage” in Al-Rantisi Hospital in northern Gaza. The Israeli army claimed that it refused to evacuate residents to the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
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