Israeli army says it found 55-metre tunnel under Gaza’s Al Shifa hospital

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The Israeli military on Sunday said it had uncovered a tunnel under Gaza's Al Shifa hospital that stretched 55 metres beneath the war-torn complex where troops have been conducting a major operation. More than 30 premature babies have been evacuated from the same hospital, which the World Health Organization says has become a "death zone". Read our blog for Sunday, November 19. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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Key Developments from Saturday, November 18:

  • Hundreds of people evacuated Gaza's Al Shifa hospital on Saturday, making their way towards the seafront in Gaza City. Some staff stayed behind to care for more than 100 wounded patients and premature babies that could not be moved, the Hamas-run health ministry said.

  • Al Shifa director Mohammed Abu Salmiya said Israeli forces had issued orders to evacuate patients, displaced people and staff from the medical complex. Israel's army denied ordering the evacuation. It said the army responded to a "request of the director of the Shifa Hospital" to enable Gazans to leave the hospital.

  • Some 17,000 litres (about 4,500 gallons) of fuel entered Gaza on Friday through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, a Palestinian border official said

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(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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