Thousands more flee northern Gaza as Israeli troops battle Palestinian militants

Thousands more flee northern Gaza as Israeli troops battle Palestinian militants
# 14 November 2023 12:50 (UTC +04:00)

Fighting between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants in northern Gaza caused another 200,000 people to flee south in the past 10 days, the U.N. humanitarian office said Tuesday.

The humanitarian office, known as OCHA, said only one hospital in the north is capable of treating patients. Some of the fighting is around hospitals where patients, newborns and medics are stranded with no electricity and dwindling supplies. Israel accuses Hamas of using hospitals as cover for its fighters, alleging that Hamas has set up its main command center in and beneath Shifa hospital, the largest in the besieged territory. Both Hamas and Shifa hospital staff deny the Israeli allegations.

More than two-thirds of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million have fled their homes since the war began.

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