The authorities of the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), have stated this Thursday that the Israeli forces “continue to tighten the siege” of the Indonesian Hospital, in the north of the enclave, and have denounced that “they do not there are guarantees about safe corridors” to evacuate patients.
The spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al Qidra, has warned that “the occupation could commit any stupidity against those who are being evacuated from the Indonesian Hospital”, hours after denouncing the death of at least twelve people in attacks against the facilities. .
“We will not leave the Indonesian Hospital until the last injured person has been evacuated,” he stated, while indicating that Israel seeks to “convert the hospital into a military base after its crimes at Al Shifa Hospital”, the scene of a siege and several assaults by Israeli troops over the past week.
Thus, he stressed that “the occupation could use the wounded as human shields, as it did in Al Shifa Hospital,” before detailing that 700 people are being held in the facilities, including nearly 260 “wounded and sick.”
Al Qidra has also noted that “there is no news” about the evacuation work of patients, medical workers and displaced people at Al Shifa Hospital and has reiterated that these people “are in a tragic situation, without water, electricity or food “.
For his part, the general director of the Gaza Ministry of Health, Munir al Bursh, has detailed that “it has not been possible to remove or count the dead from Israel’s attacks” against the Indonesian Hospital and has added that several buildings in the complex They have been “destroyed.”
“Many tried to leave the hospital and were attacked,” he lamented, before indicating that “more than a hundred patients need urgent surgeries, with limited medical staff.” “The occupation’s attacks on the hospital seek to put an end to all health services in northern Gaza,” she argued.
The attacks against the hospital have been condemned this Monday “in the strongest terms” by the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, who has stressed that they represent “a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law.” “All countries, especially those with close relations with Israel, must use all their influence and capabilities to call on Israel to end its atrocities,” she stressed.
According to information provided by the Palestinian Maan news agency, the Israeli Army has attacked the facilities with artillery, while battle tanks have advanced towards the hospital with the apparent intention of surrounding it. The Israeli Army has denounced that the Indonesian Hospital was used by Hamas for military purposes and has stated that there is a network of tunnels under the facilities, something that was denied by the authorities of the Asian country, something that was also done by the Medical Committee of Emergency Rescue (MER-C), the organization that finances the hospital.
Israel launched its offensive against the enclave after the attacks carried out on October 7 by Hamas, which left nearly 1,200 dead and some 240 kidnapped. Authorities in the Hamas-controlled Strip have reported more than 13,000 deaths, including more than 5,000 children, while more than 180 Palestinians have died at the hands of Israeli security forces and in attacks by settlers in the West Bank. and East Jerusalem.