An attempt to extract patients from a hospital in northern Gaza had to be abandoned on Monday after the facility came under “continuing shelling and shooting,” according to a local humanitarian organization.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its convoy of vehicles was unable to reach the Al-Quds Hospital—one of several medical facilities which has stopped functioning completely as Israel’s forces continue to conduct military operations inside the besieged Gaza Strip. The failure of the evacuation—which Israel had ordered—means the hospital’s staff, patients, and others remain “trapped inside the hospital without food, water, or electricity.”
In a statement on X, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said Israeli soldiers were targeted by “an RPG and an anti-tank missile” fired by a “terrorist squad that had assimilated into a group of civilians at the entrance to the hospital.” Hagari said the militants then went “back to hiding in the area of the hospital,” and the IDF responded with “live fire and shell fire towards the sources of the shooting.”
Source: The Daily Beast
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