Hamas says 'intense' Israeli bombing around Gaza hospitals

AFP , Sunday 5 Nov 2023

Gaza's administration said the Israeli occupation army carried out "intense bombings" on Sunday evening around several hospitals in the north of the Gaza Strip, shortly after telecommunications were cut.

File Photo: People wait in tent shelters in the darkness as fuel for electricity generation runs out, outside Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 2, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. AFP


"For more than an hour, intense bombings have been taking place around hospitals," said Salama Marouf, the head of the Hamas government's media office.

The vicinity of the Palestinian territory's largest hospital, Al-Shifa, saw particularly heavy strikes, according to Marouf.

The bombing came after the Israeli military once again accused Hamas of using hospitals in their military campaign against Israel.

"Hamas places forces and weapons inside, under and around schools, mosques, homes and UN facilities," Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari told reporters.

In a press conference, Hagari displayed an image he said showed Hamas fighters firing from a Gaza hospital and another showing a missile launch site just 75 metres (250 feet) from a hospital.

"Among the worst of Hamas war crimes is the use of hospitals to hide their terror infrastructure," he said.

Hamas has repeatedly rejected the charge and said early Sunday it was open to allowing international monitors to inspect hospitals for signs of use by combatants.

Israel has relentlessly pounded the besieged Gaza Strip levelling entire city blocks and killing more than 9,700 people, mostly women and children, according to the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza.

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