Israeli forces order Shifa hospital evacuation in 'next hour': AFP

AFP , Saturday 18 Nov 2023

Israeli army ordered the evacuation of Al-Shifa hospital "in the next hour" over loudspeakers on Saturday morning, an AFP journalist at the scene reported.

Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 8, 2023
People stand by the bodies of victims killed in Israeli bombardment, some wrapped in blankets while another in plastic wrapping bearing the name of the Palestinian health ministry, outside Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 8, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian resistance movement. AFP


Al-Shifa hospital -- Gaza's biggest -- has become the focus of the Israeli war on Gaza, now entering its seventh week.

The United Nations estimated 2,300 patients, staff and displaced Palestinians were sheltering at Al-Shifa before Israeli troops moved in on Wednesday.

The health ministry in Gaza has announced that dozens of deaths there as a result of power cuts caused by fuel shortages, which is banned by Israel..

Israel has repeatedly orderd for the hospital to be evacuated to the south, however medical professionals say the patients cannot be moved.

Hospital director Mohammed Abu Salmiya told AFP Israeli troops instructed him to ensure "the evacuation of patients, wounded, the displaced and medical staff, and that they should move on foot towards the seafront".

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