IDF withdraws from Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital

Hundreds of bodies of slain civilians were found at the Al-Shifa Hospital and its surrounding areas after the Israeli military withdrew its forces from the complex in Gaza City, the enclave’s health ministry said in a statement today, citing medical sources.

“According to eyewitnesses, the withdrawal revealed that the occupation forces burned all the buildings of Al-Shifa Hospital and made it completely out of service,” the statement said.

The statement added that “dozens of slain Palestinians” were found inside the complex and streets surrounding it. “The army also bulldozed all the graves surrounding the complex and took the bodies out of the ground,” it added.

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“Medical sources explained that the Israeli army completely destroyed floors in the specialized surgeries building, and burned the rest of the building, and the main reception and emergency building, and destroyed dozens of its rooms and all the medical equipment in it,” the statement said.

Kidney and maternity buildings, morgues, cancer and burns refrigeration facilities, and the outpatient clinics building, were also left ruined at the facility in northern Gaza, which was the Strip’s main medical facility before the war began, the ministry said.