[ガザ／エルサレム １３日 ロイター] – On the 13th, Israeli forces reached the gates of Shifa Hospital, the main hospital in the Palestinian autonomous region of Gaza, and surrounded it. Thirty-two patients have died in the past three days as a result of the siege and lack of electricity, said Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Khidra, who is at the hospital. Three of them were newborns.
At least 650 patients remain in the hospital. Israel says Hamas, the Islamic organization that effectively controls Gaza, has a headquarters in the basement of the hospital and is using the patients as shields, but Hamas denies this.
“Tanks are in front of the hospital, it’s completely cordoned off,” the hospital’s surgeon, Dr. Ahmed El Moqalalati, said by phone. “It’s completely closed off because there are tanks in front of the hospital. It’s completely civilian territory, there’s only medical facilities, there’s no one there. “Only inpatients, doctors and other civilians staying at the hospital.”
Israeli ground forces invaded Gaza in late October and quickly besieged Gaza City. The fighting is concentrated around Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s largest hospital.
Kidra said Israeli tanks were stationed in front of the hospital’s gates, and Israeli snipers and drones fired into the hospital, making it impossible for medical workers and patients to move. Suppose that it is.
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