Israeli defense says it opened evacuation routes to Gaza hospitals amid bombing

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it had opened passage to three hospitals in northern Gaza and opened an additional route for the evacuation of civilians to the south.

These are the hospitals: Al-Shifa, Rantisi and Nasser.

In a statement released this Sunday (12), the IDF said: “Following repeated calls by the IDF to the residents of Gaza to evacuate northern Gaza for their own safety, the IDF is allowing the Shifa, Rantisi and Nasser hospitals to pass through. . » on foot and in ambulances.

The Israeli military also said that in recent days, the Israel-Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA) “spoke several times with the director of Shifa Hospital and presented him with possible passages from the hospital.

The Israeli army released an audio recording of an alleged conversation that took place on Saturday evening (11), during which a CLA officer informed the director of a safe route east of the hospital, along Al Wahda Street. The conversation was in Arabic.

The officer says there are no Israeli forces east of the hospital. The hospital director mentions planes in the area, but the Israeli officer responds: “No, no, no, they’re not ours.”

The hospital director asks if the ambulances can also leave and is told: “No problem at all”.

A CNN is seeking feedback from the hospital, but communications are difficult.

The Israeli military acknowledged there was “intense and continuous fighting” near Al-Shifa Hospital on Saturday, but denied allegations that it was firing directly at the compound.

A witness inside the hospital complex, independent journalist Mustafa Sarsour, said CNN On Sunday, there were other bombings nearby.

A nurse working for Doctors Without Borders – who was evacuated from nearby Al-Nasser Hospital on Saturday – said she saw Israeli tanks and soldiers nearby when she left.

In comments sent to CNN For the organization, nurse Fadi Abu Riyala declared: “We have not been able to take any patients with us, there are patients at reception, still alive and breathing.”

It is unclear how many people managed to leave the Al-Shifa compound in recent days. Thousands of displaced civilians are still believed to be in the hospital complex, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and hospital authorities.