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Israel raids Gaza’s largest functioning hospital

Israeli forces rai­ded the biggest functioning hospital in Gaza on Thursday, as footage showed chaos, shouting and gunfire in dark corridors filled with dust and smoke.

Israel’s military claimed the raid on Nasser Hospital was based on information that Hamas fighters were hiding and had kept hostages in the facility, claims which Hamas called “lies”.

But according to the health ministry in Gaza, patients and medics were enduring “dire and frightening conditions” after the raid, as thousands of displaced civilians who had sought refuge in its grounds were forced to leave by Israeli troops.

The ministry said more than 460 people were made to go to an old hospital building, where they were “without food, without milk for children, and a severe shortage of water”.

“Nasser medical complex is witnessing a catastrophic and alarming situation, as a result of the lack of medical resources,” it said.

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Earlier this week, a nurse at the hospital told AFP multiple people had been shot dead by Israeli snipers, tanks had opened fire on the complex and people were forced out at gunpoint.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders described a “chaotic situation” in the hospital after it was shelled early on Thursday, killing and wounding multiple people.

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