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The Red Crescent reported Israeli tanks outside its hospital in Gaza.

The Red Crescent reported Israeli tanks outside its hospital in Gaza.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported Israeli tanks outside its Al-Amal hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, and the organization says it has lost contact with its team.

“Israeli tanks are at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society Al-Amal Hospital and we have completely lost contact with our groups in Khan Younis due to the ground invasion,” the organization said in a post on social media site X.

On October 7, Israel was subjected to an unprecedented-scale rocket attack from the Gaza Strip as part of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, announced by the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement.

After this, the organization’s fighters entered the border areas in southern Israel, where they opened fire on both military and civilians, and also took more than 200 hostages. In Israel, according to the latest data from the authorities, about 1.2 thousand people were killed, this number includes civilians, soldiers, foreign citizens and workers, and it was also reported that more than 5 thousand were injured.

In response, the Israel Defense Forces launched Operation Iron Swords against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Within a few days, the Israeli military took control of all populated areas near the border with Gaza and began carrying out air strikes on targets, including civilians, in the strip. Israel also announced a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip: the supply of water, food, electricity, medicine, and fuel was stopped. At the end of October, the ground phase of the Israeli operation in the enclave began. Gaza City was surrounded by Israeli ground forces, and the enclave was effectively divided into southern and northern parts.

The number of victims of Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip since October 7 has exceeded 25 thousand, more than 62 thousand people were injured.

Hamas claimed that there were about 200-250 hostages in the Gaza Strip. After the end of the truce, Israeli authorities announced that 126 Israelis and 11 foreigners remained hostage with Hamas, and 110 abducted were released.