Israeli army withdraws from Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, Hamas says

Smoke rises during an Israeli strike in the vicinity of the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group, March 28, 2024. /CFP

Smoke rises during an Israeli strike in the vicinity of the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group, March 28, 2024. /CFP

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said Monday the Israeli military had withdrawn tanks and vehicles from the complex housing the besieged territory’s main hospital, Al-Shifa, days after the launch of a major operation on the site. 

The ministry said dozens of bodies had been found at the complex, where an AFP journalist and eyewitnesses saw tanks and vehicles pulling out. The Israeli military, which has described its operation as a “precise” one targeting Hamas militants, did not immediately confirm any pullout.

The Al-Shifa hospital was completely out of service, Palestine TV reported, showing large-scale destruction in the complex and its surrounding buildings.

(With input from AFP)