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Doctors Without Borders has reported that people attempting to flee the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City were shot at by Israeli forces.
Al-Shifa, Gaza’s largest hospital, is situated near the city center and is currently surrounded by the Israeli military amid a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
“At the time of writing, our staff are witnessing people being shot at as they attempt to flee the Al-Shifa hospital,” Doctors Without Borders stated on Saturday, calling for an immediate stop to attacks on hospitals and an urgent ceasefire.
The group claims that Al-Shifa Hospital has been under continuous bombardment for at least a day, affecting several departments, including maternity and outpatient services, and resulting in multiple casualties. The situation is dire, with Doctors Without Borders losing contact with a surgeon at Al-Quds Hospital and reports of Al-Rantisi Children’s Hospital being encircled by Israeli tanks.
Dr. Mohammed Obeid, who works with Doctors Without Borders, said, “Yesterday, Al-Shifa Hospital lost electrical power. The ambulances can no longer move to collect the injured, and non-stop bombardment prevents patients and staff from evacuating.”
In response, the Israeli military has denied besieging Al-Shifa Hospital, asserting that they are combating Hamas militants nearby and allowing safe evacuation from the hospital.