The health ministry of Gaza announced on Monday that about 200 patients were evacuated from the hospital. The evacuation was successful with the help of Red Cross some hours after the hospital was hit by a deadly Israeli strike which killed 12 patients.
Ashraf-al-Qudra, a health ministry spokesperson told the AFP about the successful evacuation of the 200 patients from the Indonesian hospital situated in Jabaliya. The patients were taken on a bus to Nasser hospital in the southern town of Khan Yunis.
“The Israeli army is laying siege to the Indonesian hospital,” he said. “We fear the same thing will happen there as it did in Al-Shifa,” he added, indicating to the largest hospital located in Gaza which the Israeli have been searching since last Wednesday.
The following evacuation was carried out in a coordination manner with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as reported by Qudra. “There are still 400 patients in the hospital and we are working with the ICRC to evacuate,” he said, pointing out that “around 2,000 displaced persons” were around the hospital. It was earlier reported by the Hamas government that many tanks and armoured vehicles were being deployed outside the premises of the hospitals in Gaza. An AFP reporter also saw the arrival of two buses at the Nasser Hospital Khan Yunis in the company of the Red Cross.