Gaza /PNN /
The Israeli Occupation has begun a military operation against al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip, which has come to house thousands of patients and displaced people seeking shelter there from an unrelenting Israeli war.
"Based on intelligence information and an operational necessity, IDF (Israeli military) forces are carrying out a precise and targeted operation" against the hospital, the forces clamed in a statement on Wednesday.
Targeting hospitals and killing civilians is considered a war crime. Israel has been committing these crimes in the besieged Gaza Strip since early October.
Israel has killed nearly 11,500 Palestinians, including more than 8,000 women and children, in Gaza since October 7, when it launched the war of aggression against the territory.
The Israeli occupation has turned Gaza's hospitals into a specific target of its military campaign, alleging that the facilities serve to house Palestinian fighters and their equipment.
Al-Shifa, Gaza's biggest hospital, has taken the brunt of the Israeli assaults on healthcare targets across the coastal sliver, with the Israeli claiming that it houses a "command center" belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas.
Also on Wednesday, Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, said the movement had a vast network of underground tunnels in Gaza and did not need to use hospitals as bases.