Security Council to vote on new Gaza ceasefire draft as Israel sieges three hospitals | Israel’s war in Gaza News

Israeli forces have laid siege to three hospitals in the Gaza Strip, with medical teams coming under heavy fire as the divided UN Security Council plans to vote on a new resolution calling for an “immediate” ceasefire in the enclave. Ta.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a press conference in Amman, Jordan, on Monday that the resolution does not link a cessation of hostilities to the release of Israeli prisoners held in Gaza.

Russia and China on Friday vetoed a document proposed by the United States, criticizing it as “overly politicized” in Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city, home to about 1.5 million displaced people. The United States has not clearly expressed its opposition to Israel’s long-threatened ground operations. Evacuating.

Guterres, who visited the Egyptian side of the border with the Gaza Strip not far from Rafah on Saturday, said there was “a growing consensus in the international community that Israel needs a cease-fire” and “this must be clearly communicated to the Israelis”. said. A ground invasion of Rafah could mean a devastating humanitarian disaster. ”

China said it supports the new Security Council resolution, which is expected to be voted on later on Monday. “We hope that the Security Council will pass the bill as soon as possible and send a strong signal towards a cessation of hostilities,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Ken said.

“Gaza has become a graveyard”

Israeli forces surrounded Al-Amal Hospital and Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza, while proceeding to siege Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, the largest medical complex in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) announced that Israeli tanks were suddenly forced back into the area around al-Amal and Nasser hospitals in Khan Younis amid heavy shelling and gunfire, killing one staff member.

“Military vehicles, tanks and attack drones surround these two facilities,” NDMT’s Hani Mahmoud said in a report from Rafah. The entrance is also blocked by a pile of dirt, making it impossible for medical staff, patients, and injured people inside to get out safely, and providing a safe passage for people trapped inside the hospital and evacuees. not always provided. ”

PRCS spokesperson Nebal Farsak told NDMT about Israel’s order to evacuate the facility, adding: “At the same time, we are launching bombs into the hospital.”

“Everyone in the hospital [medical staff, patients, the wounded] There was some very heavy and heavy gunfire, so we’re trapped. ”

Mahmoud said people inside Al Amal Hospital were being ordered over loudspeakers to “come out wearing only their underwear.”

NDMT’s Tarek Abu Azizm, reporting from Rafah, said two hospitals in Khan Younis have been under Israeli siege for more than 24 hours.

“Gaza has been turned into a graveyard, with hospitals and homes attacked and destroyed,” he said.

“Israeli forces at Al-Amal Hospital are evacuating patients from the hospital under extremely critical conditions, but continued shelling and clashes between Hamas fighters and Israeli soldiers have left the hospital unoccupied. There are still patients who cannot go out.”

The Israeli military announced that its forces had launched an operation around Al Amar after receiving “accurate information indicating that terrorists are using civilian infrastructure for terrorist activities in the area.”

Israel claims hospitals in the Gaza Strip, where war has been going on for more than five months, are being used as strongholds by Hamas. Israeli authorities have released videos and photos that they say support their claims.

Hamas and medical officials deny the accusations.

Al-Shifa Hospital “war zone”

Witnesses shared with NDMT horrifying scenes that unfolded at the facility.

Jamila al-Hissi, who was trapped in a building near al-Shifa hospital for six days before being evicted by Israeli forces, told Al-Jazeera Arabic that al-Shifa was a “war zone” .

“They raped women, kidnapped them, executed them, dragged their bodies out from under the rubble and released their dogs,” she said. “What could be worse than this? What could be more terrifying than hearing women crying out for help? fire at.”

The Hamas-run Gaza government media office announced that Israeli forces had killed five Palestinian doctors. The Israeli military did not respond to requests for comment.

“Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists are currently barricaded in the wards of Shifa Hospital,” Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari said, adding that gunmen were firing on soldiers from inside the emergency and maternity wards. He also claimed.

On Monday, the Israeli military announced it had arrested 500 Hamas and Islamic Jihad members at al-Shifa hospital since the start of the week-long operation.

Ismail al-Tawabta, head of the Gaza government’s press office, said: “Why would they insist on this when the soldiers are freely roaming around the complex, interrogating the displaced, the sick and the injured?” I guess it can be done.”

Jameel al-Ayoubi, one of thousands of Palestinians taking refuge in the hospital, watched as Israeli tanks and armored bulldozers ran over at least four bodies in the hospital courtyard, the Associated Press reported. He said he witnessed it. An ambulance was also crushed.

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