The two-story building of the heart disease ward was completely destroyed during the airstrike, said the Deputy Minister of Health in Gaza, Yusuf Ri, adding that the hospital received a total of five hits and someone in the ward was also injured.
According to him, there are currently 650 patients and 15,000 refugees in the hospital complex, but there are only a few people and there are hundreds of wounded.
AFP notes that the claims of the Palestinian side could not be independently verified, but at least one witness in the hospital confirmed the flow. The Israeli army did not immediately respond to a question about the hospital’s intervention.
Fighting between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians has been fierce around the hospital in recent days. The Israeli army claims that the Palestinian radical movement Hamas is using civilians as corpses and blood in the hospital and under its infrastructure. Both Hams and the staff of the hospital, which had to suspend operations due to the critical situation, deny this claim.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday night that contact had been lost. f WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that according to the latest information, the hospital is surrounded by Israeli tanks. According to him, they are also about the fact that some people who left the hospital became pregnant and drank for their lives.
According to AFP, the Israeli army claims that its soldiers are stationed around the hospital and that civilians who took refuge in the hospital complex before the fighting are allowed to leave through a special corridor. The server of The Times of Israel reported that the army gave civilians instructions on how to get out of the hospital safely. According to the Palestinian army, the militants opened fire on the soldiers who were supervising the evacuation of civilians to the south of the Gaza Strip.
The Israelis carried out military operations in the Gaza Strip in response to the January 7 incident, during which Hamas militants invaded Israel and killed 1,200 people, including civilians. The authorities in Gaza state that over 11,000 Palestinians, including many civilians, have been killed in retaliatory Israeli fire since then.