Red Crescent says IDF forced staff, patients to evacuate south Gaza’s Al-Amal hospital

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The Palestine Red Crescent Society says the Israeli military forced staff and patients at southern Gaza’s Al-Amal hospital to evacuate the medical center’s premises last night.

“While attempting to leave through the military checkpoint, the teams encountered difficulty moving due to extensive excavation and infrastructure destruction,” the PRCS says on X.

“During the attempt to clear the rubble and obstacles on the road, the occupation forces opened fire towards two of the teams trying to remove the rubble, directly injuring them,” the medical authority claims.

The PRCS also claims that later, Israeli forces “forced the teams to return to” Al-Amal Hospital, where “they found the hospital gate closed, making it impossible for the teams to re-enter.”

“The teams remained waiting on the street until now,” it alleges.

Yesterday, the IDF announced that it had begun a new offensive against Hamas in the Al-Amal neighborhood of Khan Younis, saying it had “precise intelligence” indicating terror operatives were using civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, for terror activity.

This morning, the IDF said that dozens of suspects were questioned by field interrogators as it enabled hundreds of Palestinian civilians to evacuate the Al-Amal area.

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