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Al-Shifa hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip, targeted by Israeli raids, has become a “death zone”, denounced the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO has requested its evacuation, at a time when the Israeli army is expanding its operations in the besieged territory.

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip since 2007, said on Saturday that Israeli strikes on the UN-run Jabaliya refugee camp in the north of the territory had left more than 80 dead, including at least 50 in a school that houses displaced people.

Images broadcast on social networks authenticated by AFP show bodies, some covered in blood, on the floors of the al-Fakhoura school from the Jabaliya camp, targeted by a strike according to the Hamas Ministry of Health, where mattresses had been installed under tables.

Asked about the strike, the Israeli army told AFP it had received reports of an incident in the Jabaliya area, adding that it was being examined. /p>

The second strike, which hit a house in Jabaliya, killed 32 members of the same family, including 19 children, according to the Ministry of Hamas Health.

We are receiving appalling images of numerous deaths and injuries once again in a UNRWA [UN agency for Palestinian refugees] school which sheltered thousands of displaced people.

A quote from Philippe Lazzarini, director of this UN agency for Palestinian refugees

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He demanded on As the war enters its 44th day on Sunday, the Israeli army continues to expand its operations into new areas of the Gaza Strip, it announced, saying it carried out operations in areas of Jabaliya on Saturday and Zaytoun, in the north of the territory.

Hundreds of people who had taken refuge in Al-Shifa hospital, the largest in Gaza, left the premises on Saturday after being ordered to do so by the Israeli army, according to the director of the establishment and an AFP journalist on site.

The army denied ordering the evacuation, only saying it responded to a request from hospital director Al -Shifa.

Stranded for twenty days in Al-Shifa, Rami Charab arrived in the center of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, after hours of walking.

At eight in the morning, the 24-year-old recalls, the speakers blared. An Israeli soldier ordered the evacuation of the hospital within an hour or they would bomb us.

On the Salaheddine road crossing the territory from north to south, which Rami Charab took when leaving, a cohort of Palestinians advances slowly. A man carries his disabled daughter.

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The organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced that a family member of one of its employees had been killed and another injured during the attack on a convoy which evacuated 137 people from Al-Shifa. MSF did not specify the origin of the shots.

Al-Shifa Hospital has become a death zone where the situation is desperate due to the lack of water, electricity, medicines, food and medical equipment, said Saturday evening #x27;WHO, who carried out a one-hour mission there on Saturday.

According to WHO , the immense hospital complex still housed 25 caregivers and 291 patients on Saturday, including 32 babies in critical condition, 22 patients on dialysis and two in intensive care. Many of the injured suffer serious infections due to a lack of antibiotics and poor hygiene conditions, the organization reported.

WHO and partners are urgently developing plans for the ;immediate evacuation of remaining patients, staff and their families [to other hospitals in Gaza].

A quote from WHO

According to the Israeli army, which launched a raid on the hospital on Wednesday morning, the latter houses a Hamas den installed in particular in a network of tunnels. The Islamist movement denies.

The war was sparked on October 7 by a Hamas attack on Israeli soil in which 1,200 people were killed, according to the Israeli authorities, the vast majority of them civilians.

In retaliation, Israel has vowed to wipe out the Islamist movement, which took power in Gaza in 2007. The army has relentlessly shelled the small Palestinian territory and launched a ground operation on October 27.

On Saturday evening, the Hamas government announced that 12,300 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli bombardments since October 7, including more than 5,000 children.

The fighting between Israel and Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel, is concentrated in the north of the territory, particularly in the city of Gaza, transformed into a field of ruins.

More than two-thirds of the Gaza Strip's 2.4 million residents have been displaced by the war, according to the UN. Most have fled to the south, taking with them the minimum and trying to survive in the cold that sets in.

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A Palestinian child injured in an Israeli strike is treated at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younes, in the southern Gaza Strip, November 18, 2023.

Strikes are also taking place in the south of the Gaza Strip. During the night from Friday to Saturday, a bombing left 26 dead in the town of Khan Younès, according to the director of the Nasser hospital.

According to UNRWA, 70% of the population does not have access to drinking water in the south of the territory, where sewage has begun to flow into the streets, water stations and water stations. purification having stopped working due to lack of fuel.

Since October 9, the territory has been under a complete siege by Israel, which has cut off deliveries of food, water, electricity and medicine.

In Israel, relatives of some 240 people kidnapped on the day of the Hamas attack arrived in Jerusalem on Saturday after several days of walking to maintain pressure on their government and demand the release of the hostages.

Bring them home, now. All of them proclaimed in the middle of a sea of ​​Israeli flags the demonstrators who left Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

The White House said on Saturday continue to work hard to reach an agreement between Israel and Hamas on the hostages.

We have not yet reached an agreement, but we continue to work hard in this direction, wrote on X (ex-Twitter) the spokesperson for the National Security Council of the White House, Adrienne Watson, denying information from the Washington Post according to which an agreement providing for the release of hostages in exchange for a five-day pause in the fighting had been concluded between the belligerents.

In an article published by the same daily, US President Joe Biden called on Saturday for a future reunification of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip under a revitalized Palestinian Authority, and threatened to take action. Ban U.S. visas on extremist settlers who attack civilians in the West Bank. this violence must be held accountable, he wrote.


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