Israel Ramps up Attacks on Gaza Hospitals, Bombs Displaced Palestinians

Palestinians taking shelter in the courtyards of hospitals in Gaza. (Photo: via Social Media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The Israeli occupation renewed on Saturday morning their attacks against the vicinity of hospitals in the besieged Gaza Strip. 

Al-Shifa Medical Complex

The Al- Shifa Medical Complex – the largest hospital in the Strip, located in the center of Gaza City – is witnessing a real tragedy, as Israeli forces continue to escalate their attacks and intense bombardment of its surroundings, its gate, and near its courtyard.

Over the past few days, the complex witnessed an influx of displaced people from the north of the Gaza Strip on their way to the south. Thousands of Palestinians took shelter inside the hospital.

The complex and its surroundings are subjected to constant bombardment by the occupation army, claiming that the headquarters of the Palestinian Resistance are located beneath the hospital, an allegation that the Gaza government has repeatedly denied and was not confirmed by any other parties.

The outpatient clinic building in the complex was subjected to bombing carried out by occupation aircraft, resulting in several martyrs and wounded.

Mass Grave

Speaking with Al Jazeera, the Director of the Gaza Health Ministry, Dr. Munir al-Bursh, said that they are trapped inside Al-Shifa Hospital and that they were forced to dig a mass grave to bury more than 100 bodies found in its courtyards because they cannot go out to bury them.

From inside the Al-Shifa Complex, a Palestinian doctor recorded a video clip revealing the deteriorating situation inside the emergency department and the collapse of all services in the largest hospital in the Strip.

The director of the complex, Muhammad Abu Salmiya, told Al Jazeera that their fuel stock would end today, and warned that hospital services would stop completely.

Doctors Without Borders said that the bombing on Al-Shifa Hospital has greatly intensified over the past few hours.

Al-Nasr Hospital

Another distress call came from inside Al-Nasr Children’s Hospital, which has been besieged for four days.

Pediatric patients, including children in intensive care, are inside the hospital, along with a large number of displaced people.

Al-Awda Hospital

A video clip taken by a doctor in Al-Awda Hospital, in northern Gaza, showed the effects of the Israeli bombing that targeted the hospital and its surroundings at night.

The video documented cases of patients and employees injured by the bombing, as well as damage to ambulances and destruction caused by the Israeli bombing.

Al-Quds Hospital

Al-Quds Hospital witnessed casualties after it was targeted by Israeli snipers.

Pictures from inside the hospital showed the failure of medical teams to rescue an injured person in an Israeli bombing due to a power outage after they ran out of fuel.

Al-Rantisi Children’s Hospital

Al-Rantisi Children’s Hospital has been put under siege since Friday, with Israeli tanks stationed in its vicinity.

The hospital’s director warned of an imminent disaster and their inability to provide any service.

Bombing Displaced Palestinians

Displaced people from Gaza who arrived at the vicinity of Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, to escape the Israeli bombing, said that the occupation forces bombed them with tanks on their way to the hospital.

Eyewitnesses who arrived at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, in the central Gaza Strip also said that the occupation forces bombed displaced people on Salah al-Din Street who were on their way to the south of the Gaza Strip.

The spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf Al-Qudra, described in a separate statement that the bombing in the vicinity of hospitals in Gaza City and the northern Strip was “insane.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced on Friday that the destruction being caused to hospitals in Gaza has become unbearable, and must stop.


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