The World Health Organization (WHO) has again “lost touch” with health personnel at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on X.
“Reports of military incursion into Al-Shifa hospital are deeply concerning. We’ve lost touch again with health personnel at the hospital. We’re extremely worried for their and their patients’ safety,” Ghebreyesus said.
Also on Wednesday, the Red Cross described reports from Al-Shifa hospital as "very worrying."
“All measures must be taken to avoid the impact of any military activities on sick and wounded people, medical staff and civilians. They are protected by international humanitarian law and must be spared from harm,” the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spokesperson Alyona Synenko told CNN.
Synenko also said the ICRC does not have staff members on the ground in Al-Shifa.
Israel said its military launched what it described as a “targeted” operation against Hamas early Wednesday morning inside Gaza’s largest hospital, Al-Shifa, where thousands of Palestinians are believed to be sheltering.
In its statement Wednesday, Israel again accused Hamas of continuing to use the large hospital complex for military purposes. Hamas denies the allegations – CNN cannot verify either side's claims.