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Israel orders mass evacuation of hospitals in northern Gaza

Israel orders 20 hospitals in northern Gaza to evacuate amid threats of attacks on health centers. (File photo)

Israeli regime authorities have ordered 20 hospitals in northern Gaza to evacuate amid a devastating campaign of airstrikes and shelling targeting the Palestinian enclave.

An unnamed Israeli security official said on Saturday that six of the Gazan hospitals forced to evacuate had complied with the regime’s orders and 10 were in the process of evacuating.

However, the official told the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation that four hospitals had refused to evacuate, adding that around 30,000 Palestinians had gathered in shelters around Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza to prevent Israel from attacking the facility.

The orders come days after the Israeli regime bombed Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, killing 500 people, many of them women and children who had sought shelter in the facility. The attack has been condemned as an act of genocide by many governments around the world although the Israeli regime has denied responsibility.

A Friday report by the Reuters news agency showed the Israeli regime had threatened to attack another hospital in Gaza.

The report cited the Palestinian Red Crescent Society as saying the Israeli military had warned the body to “immediately evacuate” Gaza's al-Quds hospital, where some 12,000 Palestinians have sought refuge.

Nearly 4,500 people have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, when the regime launched a brutal campaign to respond to Operation Al-Aqsa Storm by the Gaza-based resistance movement Hamas.

Israel has ordered some 1.1 million living in northern Gaza to evacuate to southern regions as the regime prepares a full-scale ground invasion into the enclave.

Gaza is a small sliver of land located on the Mediterranean Sea where some 2.3 million people have been living under constant Israeli siege for the past years.

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