Between loyal staff members, newborn babies and sick and war-wounded patients, a mere 10 per cent of an estimated 1,500 people remain at Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, according to Mai Al-Kaila, a health minister for the Hamas-controlled Palestinian health ministry.
During a press conference on Saturday, Al-Kaila said that Israeli forces — at gunpoint — “evicted” all but 125 patients, 34 “premature babies” and a mere five doctors from the faltering health institution.
“Israeli forces are damaging all wards of the hospital, and the hospital has become a military base, Al Kaila said, further claiming they had transferred corpses from Shifa to an “unknown destination.”
Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson Daniel Hagari, however, denied these claims in a post shared to ‘X’ on Wednesday. “It should be emphasized that at no point did the IDF ask to evacuate patients or medical teams,” he wrote.
Shifa has been a primary target of Israel’s, in the country’s vow to destroy Hamas militants who killed hundreds of innocent people on Oct. 7. Israeli officials claim that the hospital sits above a Hamas command center, where the Palestinian militants allegedly operate.
Hamas and hospital staff, however, say that Israel’s findings at Shifa — one of the few remaining health care facilities in the Gaza strip — have helped establish no such claims.
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