GAZA: Thirty one premature babies have been evacuated from Ashifa Hospital today after Israeli forces ordered doctors, patients, and displaced people at Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital to evacuate the hospital compound.
The babies were reported to be sent to southern Gaza hospitals in six Palestinian ambulances. According to the report, there were 39 premature-born babies, all of them in bad conditions. 8 of them died before being evacuated, and only 31 made it out.
The World Health Organisation team who visited the hospital on Saturday said, there are still hundreds of patients there, including many in extremely critical condition, trauma patients with severely infected wounds, and others with spinal injuries who are unable to move.
Euro-Med Monitor estimated that at least 15,271 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed, including 3,561 women and 6,403 children, and over 32,310 additional people have been injured by the Israeli attacks, many of whom are in critical condition and unable to receive even the bare minimum of medical attention due to the Gazan health system’s collapse. It is also reported that thousands of people are missing beneath the debris of buildings hit by Israeli air and artillery strikes.
The Israeli military said two hostages were found dead near Al-Shifa Hospital. One was a soldier who was kidnapped from an Israeli base during the Hamas attack. Last night, another hostage, who is a mother of five, was found dead, according to a BBC news report today.
Israeli forces also claimed they found a tunnel underneath the Shifa hospital, where Hamas has a weapon plant. However, Israelis until now could not show any clear evidence that Hamas had any weapon plant hidden underground the hospital, except showing a few guns that they claim they found there after having raided the hospital.