“Medical personnel will remain in the hospital to support patients who are unable to evacuate,” the Israeli navy mentioned in a press release, including that it had offered “additional food, water and humanitarian assistance” to Al-Shifa in a single day.
It was not instantly clear what number of sufferers, employees members or Israeli troopers remained within the advanced. Munir al-Bursh, an official with the Gazan Health Ministry, mentioned in a press release that at the least 120 sufferers and 5 docs have been inside.
Some of those that have left hospitals within the north in current weeks have ended up on the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis, within the south, the place households have been sleeping in crowded corridors and staff have been scrambling to deal with sufferers amid a scarcity of beds, in response to Dr. Saleh Al-Hamase, the hospital’s head of nursing.
Dozens of wounded folks went to the hospital after an almost 16-mile journey from Al-Shifa final week, many on foot and some in wheelchairs, Dr. Al-Hamase mentioned. Only probably the most extreme instances have been despatched in ambulances, he mentioned.
The hospital was making ready on Saturday to obtain 200 extra sufferers from Al-Shifa, Dr. Al-Hamase mentioned.
“We are days away from running out of fuel and collapsing,” he mentioned. “The scenes at the hospital are tragic, and the bombardment around us is continuous.”
Israeli troopers seized the Al-Shifa hospital advanced on Wednesday, saying that it hosted an underground Hamas command middle. Both the Palestinian armed group and Al-Shifa officers have denied the accusation.
Israeli troops say they’ve discovered weapons caches within the advanced and, close to the hospital, the our bodies of two Israeli hostages captured by Hamas throughout its Oct. 7 assaults in southern Israel.
On Thursday, the Israeli navy escorted journalists from The New York Times to Al-Shifa to see a stone-and-concrete shaft with a staircase descending into the earth — proof, the navy mentioned, of a Hamas presence there. But the military has but to supply conclusive proof of a subterranean navy base.
The departures from Al-Shifa got here because the Israeli navy, having claimed management of northern Gaza, signaled plans to develop its offensive in opposition to Hamas into the south, the place lots of of hundreds of civilians have fled in current weeks within the hopes of escaping pounding airstrikes and widespread destruction.
Even as Israel continued to inform civilians to flee south for their very own security, the Israeli navy’s chief spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, mentioned late Friday that its troops would proceed operations “in every place that Hamas is, and it is in the south of the strip.”
His assertion appeared to telegraph a brand new section within the battle, three weeks into Israel’s floor invasion.