Israeli Forces Raid Gaza’s Largest Hospital
There are hundreds of patients in the facility stranded by the war
Today, Israeli troops on stormed into Gaza’s largest hospital, searching for traces of Hamas inside and beneath the facility filled with hundreds of patients, including newborns, who have gone for days without electricity and with little food as fighting raged around them.
Details from the raid remained sketchy, but officials from Israel and Gaza presented different narratives about what was happening at the hospital: The Israeli army released video showing soldiers carrying boxes labeled as "baby food" and "medical supplies," while Gaza health officials talked of terrified staff and patients as troops moved through the buildings.
After encircling the Shifa Hospital for days, Israel faced pressure to prove its claim that Hamas had transformed it into a command base, using the patients, staff and civilians sheltering there to provide cover for its militants — part of Israel’s broader accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields.
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