Israeli troops have left the Al-Shifa hospital complex in the Gaza Strip, AFP reported. Hamas’ health ministry in the Gaza Strip said the Israeli army had deployed bulldozers at the facility. On the same day, in response to the UN Security Council resolution, Israel declared that there would be no “longer pauses” until Hamas released all the hostages, the Times of Israel reported.
The Israeli army, which entered the Al-Shifa hospital in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, left the hospital complex in the evening, the AFP news agency reports, citing a journalist who is at the medical facility.
Army Israel previously announced that it would carry out a “concentrated” operation in Al-Shifa “in a specific part” of the complex. Early Wednesday afternoon, the director of hospital facilities in the Gaza Strip, Mohammad Zakut, announced that Israeli tanks were leaving the facility complex.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that soldiers had obtained “concrete evidence” at al-Shifa that Hamas was using the hospital “as a terrorist headquarters.” The army also announced that five terrorists were killed during the operation in the hospital complex; no Israeli soldiers were injured.
Hamas Health Ministry: bulldozers near al-Shifa hospital
Hamas’ health ministry in the Gaza Strip said on Wednesday evening that the Israeli army had deployed bulldozers on the grounds of al-Shifa hospital.
“Israeli bulldozers destroyed part of the southern entrance to the hospital,” Hamas’ health ministry announced in a short statement. The Israeli army only informed that “an operation is currently underway” at this hospital.
Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs: there will be no “longer breaks” in the fighting
In response to the adoption by the Security Council UN resolution calling for an urgent and extended humanitarian pause in the fighting in the Gaza Strip, Israel’s Foreign Ministry stated that “there is no room for a prolonged humanitarian pause while the 239 hostages are still in the hands of Hamas terrorists.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tel Aviv also called on the country’s authorities to start working on the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling for an urgent and extended humanitarian pause in the fighting in the Gaza Strip. This is the first document adopted by the Council since the beginning of the current phase of the conflict.
The resolution calls for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors throughout the Gaza Strip” and the release of the hostages. Reported by Malta the document was supported by 12 out of 15 Council members; the US abstained from voting, Great Britain and Russia.
By Thursday, there will be no water for 70 percent. inhabitants
The head of the UN Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, announced on Wednesday that there would be a shortage of water for 70% of the population by the end of the day. inhabitants of the Gaza Strip.
Lazzarini said that approximately 780,000 people took shelter in 150 overcrowded facilities belonging to his organization. inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, so UNRWA is no longer able to provide them with even the most basic care – reports the Times of Israel website. “Our entire business is close to complete collapse,” Lazzarini wrote on X.
Since the beginning of Israel’s war with Hamas until Tuesday, 102 agency employees have been killed and 27 injured in the Strip.
UNRWA is a UN agency established in 1949 to assist Palestinian refugees residing in the territory of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian Authority. It is the only UN agency in history created to deal exclusively with a single group of refugees, coming from one region of the world and one conflict.
All other refugees who have fled their homes due to all other conflicts that have been going on for 78 years on all continents are dealt with by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
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