Thousands who were sheltering at Gaza City’s hospitals flee as Israel-Hamas war closes in

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Israel-Hamas Conflict

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Israel-Hamas Conflict

What is the current situation in Gaza City amid the Israel-Hamas war?

Thousands of Palestinians sheltering in Gaza City’s main hospital fled south due to reported strikes in and around the compound, contributing to the growing exodus from intense urban fighting in the north. Gaza officials reported a death toll surpassing 11,000.

Why did people leave the hospitals in Gaza City?

The evacuation from Gaza City’s hospitals was prompted by fears of continued strikes and deteriorating safety conditions as Israel intensified its assault on the city. Some believed that leaving the hospitals would be safer than staying amid the ongoing conflict.

Are the hospitals in Gaza City being targeted intentionally?

Israel claims that Hamas uses hospitals as military infrastructure and that its main command center is located in and under the largest hospital, Shifa. However, Hamas and Shifa staff deny these claims. There have been reported strikes on or near several hospitals in northern Gaza, raising concerns about the safety of those seeking shelter.

What is the overall humanitarian situation in Gaza?

The humanitarian situation in Gaza has grown dire, with over 100,000 Palestinians fleeing south in the past two days, facing bombardment and difficult conditions. Hospitals are overwhelmed with wounded patients and lack essential supplies, making it challenging to provide adequate medical care.

What is the response of international organizations and leaders to the situation in Gaza?

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern about the use of civilians as “human shields” but emphasized the need to protect civilians and medical facilities. The international community is closely monitoring the situation and calling for a ceasefire and humanitarian assistance to the affected population.

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