There were Israeli tanks inside the hospital compound. Soldiers reportedly entered buildings including emergency and surgery wards that house intensive care units. Earlier it was alleged that hospitals and schools were turned into weapons depots by Hamas terrorists. In the meantime, Israel released the footage of the hospital. In addition to weapons, Hamas’ communications systems were also seized.
The Israeli military claimed to have seized the weapons earlier, but did not provide any evidence. Inside the hospital. Israeli forces entered and interrogated patients and hospital staff. Israel has also demanded the surrender of Hamas militants hiding inside the hospital.
Qatar intervened and continued to try to break the ice between the two countries. Reuters reports that efforts are underway to secure the release of 50 hostages and a three-day ceasefire. Hamas has now announced that it will release the 70 women and children held captive by suspending the ceasefire. News agencies are reporting that talks are in progress and no agreement has been reached.
The UN had criticized Israel’s move against the hospital. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, said there were concerns about the safety of patients and health workers. Martin Griffiths, head of the UN charity, said hospitals are not battlefields and was shocked by Israel’s action.
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