Israeli forces, some masked and firing guns into the air, conducted an early Wednesday raid on part of Gaza's largest hospital, Al-Shifa, which houses patients and displaced individuals. The soldiers, engaged in urban combat with Hamas operatives, demanded that all men aged 16 and above raise their hands and exit the building to surrender. The operation, labeled "precise and targeted" by the Israeli army, aimed to combat Hamas, accused of running a command center beneath the clinic.
Overnight military actions at Al-Shifa were confirmed by both Israeli and Palestinian officials. Witnesses inside the hospital described dire conditions, with medical procedures conducted without anesthesia, families lacking food and water in corridors, and the smell of decomposing corpses pervasive.
As Israeli forces navigated the hospital's corridors, hundreds of young men emerged from various wards, including the maternity section recently struck. Soldiers fired warning shots while searching for Hamas members. The hospital has been a focal point of intense fighting and airstrikes in recent days.