JERUSALEM: The Israeli army claimed on Tuesday that it had captured Gaza’s Parliament and other government institutions in Gaza City as its forces deepened their brutal and barbaric offensive in the besieged Palestinian territory. “Israeli military units took control of the Gaza Parliament, the government building, the police headquarters, and an engineering faculty,” the army said in a statement.
The move represents a deepening of the Israeli military’s operations in the Palestinian territory, further escalating tensions in the region. The Israeli army has asserted that these operations aim to dismantle Hamas’s infrastructure and prevent the group’s military activities.
Meanwhile, the Gaza health ministry faces challenges in responding to the conflict. A spokesman for the ministry clarified on Tuesday that there is no objection to evacuating babies from Al Shifa Hospital, a significant medical facility in Gaza. However, the spokesman highlighted the absence of a mechanism for evacuation, emphasizing the primary concern for the well-being and lives of the infants.
In a separate development, US President Joe Biden expressed concern about the situation in Gaza, emphasizing the need to protect hospitals in the region. He called for “less intrusive” actions by Israel, particularly in relation to medical facilities. Israeli tanks have advanced to the gates of Al Shifa Hospital, the main hospital in the besieged enclave.
President Biden revealed ongoing efforts to negotiate a pause in the conflict for the release of prisoners. Despite these diplomatic efforts, the situation remains complex, with Israel asserting that Hamas uses hospitals for military purposes.
Gaza’s Main Hospital Buries Patients in Mass Grave
Meanwhile, Gaza’s main hospital’s director said that they have been forced to bury several dead patients in a mass grave. “There are bodies littered in the hospital complex, and there is no longer electricity at the morgues,” said Al-Shifa hospital director Mohammad Abu Salmiyah. He said that 179 bodies had been buried so far. “We were forced to bury these bodies in a mass grave,” he said. He said that seven newborn babies and 29 intensive care patients were among those who had died after the fuel supply for the hospital’s generator ran out.