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Israeli army turns Al-Awda Hospital into ‘military barracks’

Israeli army is holding some 240 Palestinians, including staff and patients, inside hospital, says Gaza Health Ministry

New Delhi, Dec. 19: The Israeli army has turned the Al-Awda Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip into a “military barracks,” the Health Ministry in the besieged Palestinian enclave said on Tuesday.

According to an Anadolu report, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra, in a statement, said the Israeli army is holding 240 Palestinians, including 80 medical staff, 40 patients and 120 displaced people inside the hospital.

Al-Qudra also said the Palestinians inside the hospital are stuck with no water, food, and medicine, adding that the Israeli army prevents movement between the hospital units.

He further said that Israeli forces have arrested six hospital staff, including Ahmed Muhanna, the director of the hospital, and a patient.

At least 19,600 Palestinians have been killed and 52,286 injured in the Israeli onslaught, according to Gaza’s health authorities.


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