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  • Updated: November 18, 2023

Israel issues evacuation order for Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza amid ongoing conflict

Israel issues evacuation order for Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza

Israeli forces have issued a one-hour evacuation notice to doctors, patients, and displaced individuals at Gaza's al-Shifa Hospital, a facility besieged and bombarded for days.

The situation, described as "impossible" by a doctor on the ground, poses a critical challenge due to the thousands housed in the facility, many in severe condition.

Al-Shifa Hospital accommodates over 300 patients, some critically ill, along with thousands of displaced families. Among them are 35 premature babies, now without incubators for over eight days due to a lack of oxygen and electricity.

The evacuation order, with no available ambulances and transportation challenges, raises concerns about the well-being of those unable to be swiftly moved.

The dire conditions at the hospital include a week-long absence of food, water, electricity, and oxygen.

Israeli forces have raided the facility with claims of a Hamas command center beneath it, though no evidence has been found to support this assertion.

The lack of resources, including fuel for transportation, adds to the complexity of the evacuation.

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