Israeli security official said on Saturday that Israel is demanding the evacuation of 20 hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip.
The official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation quoted an unnamed security official as saying, “Israel demanded the evacuation of 20 hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip, 6 of which were evacuated, 4 refused, and the rest are in the process of being evacuated,” without further details.
The official claimed that about 30,000 Palestinians came to the shelters surrounding al Shifa Hospital to work as human shields.
UN and international foundations said, during the past few days, that there is a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli bombing and siege imposed on Gaza.
Even US President Joe Biden described the situation in Gaza as a humanitarian crisis, when he said, a week ago, that he gives priority to urgently addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
However, the Israeli official said, “There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza”.
Israel had asked about 1.1 million Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes and head to the southern Strip.
It wasn’t possible to obtain Palestinian or international estimates of the number of Palestinians who were displaced from northern to southern Gaza.
On Saturday, the Israeli army called on residents of the northern Gaza Strip to go south, following the entry of the first batch of humanitarian aid into the Strip through the Rafah crossing.
An Israeli military official said that 700,000 Palestinians have already been evacuated from the northern Gaza Strip to the southern part, but there are still about 350,000 in the north.
The Israeli official said, according to what was reported by the Ynet website, “There is no water shortage in the Gaza Strip and there is enough food for the coming weeks, in addition to the upcoming medicine supplies”.
In the daily update, Israeli army spokesman Brigadier General Daniel Hagari called again on the residents of the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate to the southern part of the Strip, while Israeli army spokesman Avichai Adraee said that the Israeli army would continue to intensify strikes in the northern Gaza Strip area.
Adraee pointed out that, under directives from the political level, food, medicine and water were transported through the Rafah crossing, but the fuel won’t be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army spokesman also announced on Saturday that 307 members of its ranks had been killed, revealing the number of prisoners held by the Palestinian factions in Gaza.
Israeli army spokesman also said in the daily update that 210 families abducted by Hamas had been informed, and said, “Our goal is to return the abductees to their homes”.
Hagari said, “More than a fifth of the rockets fired from Gaza since yesterday fell into its territory, killing its residents”.