The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said Israeli forces bombed near a hospital it runs in southern Gaza on Thursday, killing several people, a day after another deadly Israeli attack outside the same medical facility.
The Gaza Strip's Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that nearly two dozen people were killed after Israeli forces bombed the entrance to the facility, Al Amal Hospital in Khan Yunis. The Israeli army announced an expanded attack on Khan Yunis, the largest city in the southern Gaza Strip.
Nepal Farsakh, spokeswoman for the Palestine Red Crescent Society, said that most of those killed on Wednesday were displaced people who had taken refuge in and around the hospital. About 14,000 displaced Palestinians are taking refuge in Al Amal Hospital, according to the World Health Organization, which sent a team to visit the hospital on Tuesday.
Medical centers have become places of refuge for many of the nearly two million Palestinians who have been forced to flee for safety time and again due to Israeli air strikes and ground attacks, even as Israel launches raids that hit the hospitals themselves. According to the World Health Organization, most of Gaza's approximately thirty hospitals no longer function as medical facilities.
Ms. Farsakh said that Al-Amal Hospital and its surrounding areas were bombed five times in less than a week.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society posted videos on social media of the aftermath of the strike on Wednesday, with Ms. Farsakh saying artillery and airstrikes struck right in front of the hospital's emergency ward. Video clips appear Bodies are lying in the streets And Paramedics transport the woundedAmong them are children in ambulances. The videos cannot be independently verified.
The Israeli army did not respond to a question about the locations of its strikes in Khan Yunis on Wednesday. Its chief spokesman, Admiral Daniel Hagari, said in a daily press conference that the army had added another brigade to its forces in the city, which he described as “a major terrorist hub for Hamas.”
The Gaza Ministry of Health said that dozens of people were killed Thursday night and morning in Israeli raids across the Gaza Strip, including Khan Yunis.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society said the bombing around Al Amal Hospital had been “relentless” in recent days. On Tuesday, that is Shared video Its paramedics searched for bodies and wounded under the rubble of a bombed house in the neighborhood. Less than an hour laterThe organization said that the bombing hit the upper floors of its nearby headquarters and injured a number of displaced people who had taken refuge there.
The World Health Organization team that visited Al Amal Hospital on Tuesday mentioned The conditions are harsh there for both the sick and the civilians who house them.
“It was impossible to walk inside the hospital without passing over patients and people seeking shelter,” he said, adding that only a few toilets and five of the hospital's nine ambulances were working.
The World Health Organization said its staff also saw “tens of thousands of people fleeing violent strikes” in Khan Yunis and central Gaza on Tuesday. She added that people were traveling on foot, donkeys or cars, and building temporary shelters along the way.
The Israeli army has pushed into central Gaza in recent days, and nearly two million people are now pressing into the southern part of the small enclave, exacerbating a dire humanitarian crisis.
The WHO's representative in the West Bank and Gaza, Dr. Rick Pepperkorn, said in a statement on Wednesday that the World Health Organization is “deeply concerned” about the additional pressure that the latest wave of displacement will put on overcrowded health facilities in the south.
He added: “This forced mass movement of people will also lead to further overcrowding, increase the risk of infectious diseases, and make it difficult to provide humanitarian aid.”
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