Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza was destroyed during a two-week conflict.

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 Two-week conflict resulted in the destruction of Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza was destroyed during a two-week conflict.
In the midst of continued fighting between Israel and the militant Hamas group, Palestinians assess the damage in the vicinity of Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital following the Israeli military's withdrawal on April 1, 2024.
After a two-week military campaign, Israeli forces left Gaza's main hospital complex on Monday. The facility lay in ruins, bodies and burned structures strewn all over the place.

Israel asserted that it had fought Palestinian militants who were hiding out in Al-Shifa Hospital. They claimed to have killed two hundred enemy combatants and seized cash, weapons, and explosives.

According to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, there has been a great deal of damage from Israeli aircraft and tank fire. They claimed to have discovered multiple remains both inside and outside the facility, some of which were in a very decomposed state. It was officially verified by the ministry that the hospital was closed. 

At least 20 bodies were found at the destroyed compound, according to multiple physicians and civilian witnesses who spoke with AFP. Some of the bodies had visible marks of having been ran over by military vehicles.

The dead were discovered close to the complex's west door, which the Israeli soldiers had used on Monday to exit the hospital grounds.

Witnesses described the sight as one of "destruction," with children and other defenseless citizens being driven over by tanks. An eyewitness who wished to remain anonymous said, "Bodies... The tanks went over them."

A badly decomposed body with tire marks was seen by an AFP reporter, however it was unclear when the tragedy occurred.

The Israeli military has been contacted by AFP to provide a statement on the current circumstances. 

At the start of the sixth month of the conflict sparked by Hamas's October 7 strikes, fighting has broken out close to multiple Gaza hospitals. According to the press office of the Hamas government, fighting has broken out near the Nasser and Al-Amal hospitals in Khan Yunis, destroying almost 20 houses in a single day.

Israel street protests

US, Qatari, and Egyptian mediators have been pushing for hostage releases and a ceasefire; however, Osama Hamdan, a representative of Hamas, said that no talks about holding further rounds of talks have yet taken place.

There are alerts from UN agencies and humanitarian relief organizations indicating that many of Gaza's 2.4 million residents are in danger of starvation. Food supplies have been sporadically dropped by donor nations using trucks and aircraft.

According to, on Monday, a second ship transporting emergency supplies across the Mediterranean Sea was spotted getting closer to Gaza's shore. Only a few days have passed since it left Cyprus.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, had a hernia operation lately, which his office declared successful on Sunday. Still, he is committed to overthrowing Hamas, even in Gaza's southern city of Rafah.

According to his office, Netanyahu is now doing well and is making progress toward his recovery. The families are putting more and more pressure on him. of captives, sympathizers, and opponents of the regime who have been congregating for nightly protests that attract sizable throngs.

The United States, Israel's closest friend, is also concerned about Netanyahu's plans to attack Rafah because of the city's dense population of almost 1.5 million people.

Hamas chief’s sister arrested

According to Israeli official numbers cited by AFP, Hamas' extraordinary strike on October 7th marked the start of the bloodiest Gaza war in history, which claimed about 1,160 lives in Israel, the majority of them civilians.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least 32,845 individuals have died as a result of Israel's campaign of reprisal, the majority of them were women and children.

Recognizing the hardship Gazans have endured during the conflict, Hamas has vowed to keep fighting until Palestinian liberation and victory are achieved.

600 Israeli soldiers have lost their lives since the commencement of the conflict, according to the Israeli military, 256 of them during the ground invasion of Gaza that began in late October.

About 250 people have been taken prisoner by Palestinian terrorists; Israel estimates that 130 of them are still in Gaza, including 34 who are assumed to be deceased.

In a different instance, the sister of Ismail Haniyeh was taken into custody by Israeli police in the southern Israeli town of Tel Sheva as part of a terrorism probe.

The 57-year-old Israeli citizen Sabah Abdel Salam Haniyeh has been detained, according to police, in connection with an inquiry that also includes the Shin Bet, Israel's security agency. Authorities believe Haniyeh is aiding and encouraging terrorist activities in Israel and has ties to Hamas members.

Battle destroys hospital

The Israeli army carried out "precise operational activity" in the Al-Shifa facility over the previous two weeks, and on Monday, it formally left. The sight afterward was one of devastation, with burned walls, broken windows, and volunteers somberly removing wrapped dead. The Hamas government media office claimed that the several airstrikes and shellings that targeted the vicinity of the facility were intended to conceal the retreat of troops and tanks.

The army published footage of fighters moving through hospital hallways, and pictures showed a number of weapons that had been found in the maternity section. 200 Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants were reportedly slain in the fighting at and around Al-Shifa, according to military reports.

Claims that Hamas operated out of Al-Shifa or other medical institutions were denied by the group. 

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