A key hospital in Gaza City has been plunged into a ‘great state of panic’ after Israeli forces ordered everyone to leave within an hour, according to a doctor.
Omar Zaqout said the scenes outside al-Shifa Hospital are ‘appalling’ and that IDF soldiers have told medical staff and patients they must evacuate immediately.
‘We were told to leave through al-Wahda road. Dozens of dead bodies are scattered on the road,’ he told Al Jazeera.
‘The electrical power has been out more than three weeks. Infants and newborn babies are left without oxygen. It is nothing but a medieval cave.’
Israeli forces deny they have forced people to leave – and instead say they were providing a ‘secure axis’ for those who wanted to evacuate to do so.
It comes after the bodies of two Israeli hostages were recovered from near the hospital, the IDF said.
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