Israeli forces stand at the entrance of Gaza's primary hospital, where hundreds are confined.
Israeli forces have reportedly reached the gates of Gaza's largest hospital, al-Shifa, where hundreds of patients, including infants, are trapped. The remaining patients face a dire situation due to energy shortages amid intensified fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants. Over the past three days, at least 32 patients, including three premature babies, have died, and life-saving equipment like incubators cannot function without fuel for generators.
Israel has imposed a month-long "complete siege" on Gaza, allowing only limited supplies. Despite the Israeli military claiming to provide safe corridors for people to escape, those inside al-Shifa report being surrounded by constant heavy gunfire.
There are between 600 and 650 inpatients at al-Shifa, along with 200 to 500 health workers and about 1,500 displaced people seeking shelter. The World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated that al-Shifa is "not functioning as a hospital anymore," and forcing critically ill patients to leave would be a "death sentence."
Another Gaza City hospital, al-Quds, had to shut down due to fuel exhaustion. The Palestinian Red Crescent is preparing to evacuate 6,000 patients, medics, and displaced people from al-Quds, but the situation remains precarious. The conflict has entered its sixth week, with renewed clashes on Israel's northern border and continued airstrikes in Syria. International pressure for a ceasefire is growing, with concerns about the death toll and humanitarian crises in Gaza. The EU has demanded "immediate humanitarian pauses," and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees condemned the disregard for civilian infrastructure and UN facilities.