Doctors, patients and thousands sheltering in Al Shifa, the largest hospital in Gaza were given one hour to evacuate by Israeli forces, according to international news reports.
Al-Shifa Hospital Director Mohammed Abu Salmiya said that only he and a few other staff and patients were left, while Israel’s army has denied ordering an evacuation.
Journalist Jihad Abu Shanab told Al Jazeera that several eyewitnesses said they were subject to “strict interrogation for hours” by IDF soldiers.
“In addition to that, many were body searched in a humiliating fashion. Many women were forced to … take off their clothes and be subjected to body searches. These were very humiliating incidents,” he explained.
“Many of the civilians inside were kept hostage in the upper floor of the hospital, denied food, water, [and] treated with humiliation and abuse.”
Meanwhile, Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila has called on the international community to help transfer premature and wounded babies from the hospital to other hospitals in the West Bank or Egypt.
The number of premature babies who have died at al-Shifa Hospital rose to four.
Israeli authorities turned the hospital into a military barrack and evacuated around 7,000 people at gunpoint.
At least 50 civilians were killed today as Israeli forces struck the al-Fakhoora School, at dawn. It proves Israel’s goal to empty Northern Gaza.
Gaza’s government media office said the total number of Palestinians killed since October 7th has exceeded 12,000.
However, the official death toll has not been updated in days because of the collapse of the enclave’s health system, which collected data.
Israel has agreed to allow two fuel trucks into Gaza a day to power water and sewage operations, a move international organisations say is widely insufficient.
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