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Israel ends military operation at Gaza hospital

February 25, 2024 at 1:40 pm

Relatives and loved ones of the Palestinians, who got killed during Israeli attacks, mourn as they bury the bodies in the yard of Nasser Hospital since they cannot reach the cemeteries due to attacks in Khan Yunis, Gaza on January 19, 2024 [Jehad Alshrafi – Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli army said Sunday that it has ended its military operation at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis city in the southern Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

A military statement claimed that Israeli forces seized unused sealed medicines carrying names of Israeli hostages during the raid on the hospital.

According to the statement, around 200 “terrorists” and suspects were arrested and weapons seized during the operation.

There was no comment from Hamas on the Israeli statement.

The Israeli army raided the medical facility on 15 February after a weeks-long siege, forcing thousands of displaced Palestinians inside the hospital to flee under heavy Israeli bombardment.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said eight patients had died at the hospital last week due to a lack of oxygen amid an Israeli raid on the medical complex.

The Israeli war on Gaza has pushed 85% of the territory’s population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water, and medicine, while 60% of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

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