IDF troops are said to be about 270 yards away from the Al-Shifa hospital, where an estimated 60,000 people have taken refuge, many in a makeshift camp.
Heavy fighting has been reported in recent days around the medical facility as Israeli troops battle through the narrow streets in their operation to destroy Hamas.
Overnight, Hamas-run local authorities accused the IDF of shelling areas around hospitals in the north of the coastal strip, including Al-Shifa, as well as the Rantisi children’s hospital and the Indonesian hospital.
Indonesia‘s foreign ministry has also reported explosions from around the Indonesian hospital while another, Al Quds Hospital, is reported to be surrounded by tanks. A person inside the hospital told the BBC of hearing ‘clashes and explosions’.
The IDF has denied that it had targeted the Indonesian hospital, saying: ‘The IDF did not target the hospital. The IDF does not target civilians and operates in accordance with international law.’
Officials in Gaza said today strikes on Al-Shifa hospital had killed 13 people.
‘Thirteen martyrs and dozens wounded in an Israeli strike on Al-Shifa compound today’ in central Gaza City, a government statement said, giving a toll AFP news agency said it was not immediately able to independently verify.
Shocking footage from Al-Shifa hospital’s courtyard overnight appeared to show one of the strikes, although it was impossible to verify its origin from the footage. Another clip also showed the bloody aftermath of another attack this morning.
Amid uncertainty of which side was behind the strikes, Israel continued to rain down missiles on other parts of Gaza. Pictures looking into the strip from outside showed huge plumes of smoke and dirt being blasted hundreds of feet into the air.
Palestinian officials say that more than 10,800 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched its bombardment of the territory in retaliation for Hamas’s October 7 attack, which saw 1,400 killed in the Jewish state and 240 taken hostage.
In this video still, a projectile, seen top-right, can be seen flying through the air, seconds before an explosion hit the Al-Shifa hospital overnight
Footage from Al-Shifa hospital’s courtyard overnight appeared to show one of the strikes, although it was impossible to verify its origin from the footage
One video, shot at night, opens with a view of the black sky above Al-Shifa hospital with the sound of what could be an aircraft and a projectile piercing the air.
For a brief second, a missile is seen incoming at an extreme speed, before slamming into the ground somewhere off to the right of the camera. There is a blast, followed by several more ‘pops’ as shrapnel is emitted from the blast zone.
The camera spins to show the inside of makeshift tents in the courtyard, where people who had just been sleeping and resting wake up in a panic. Others are seen running into the tents in a desperate attempt to find shelter.
The person filming walks through the tents and shows the scene unfolding in an open part of the court yard, where a man appears to have been struck in the blast.
There is a spray of blood on the flood, and his leg is twisted at an unnatural angle.
As others in the camp scatter in panic, a group of men with a stretcher run to the man’s aid. The footage ends with them attending to him on the ground.
Palestinian media published the video footage on Friday, that it said showed the aftermath of an Israeli attack on the parking lot.
A second view of the hospital, filmed by a camera overlooking the courtyard, also shows the moment the mortar strikes. As with the first clip, the sound of a loud explosion sends panic through the outdoor camp.
The origin of the missile was not immediately clear from the footage.
This morning, daytime videos have also been circulating online that show what appear to be dead and injured children and panic outside the outpatient’s clinic.
Reuters news agency said it was able to verify the footage of casualties outside the front of the hospital, but not who launched the projectile.
The news agency said it was able to confirm the location from one of the children seen in the daytime video, a girl wearing dark trousers and a purple t-shirt, who is also seen in other footage at the entrance of Al-Shifa hospital.
MailOnline geolocated the two nighttime videos to Al-Shifa hospital.
Officials in Gaza and aid groups have frequently accused Israel of targeting hospitals despite them being places of refuge for thousands. Al-Shifa hospital director Mohammad Abu Salmiya said ‘Israeli tanks fired on Al-Shifa hospital’.
Israel has accused Hamas of using hospitals including Al-Shifa to hide its military operations, and the people as human shields – a charge Hamas denies.
The Israeli military is understood to be investigating the strikes.
The IDF is understood to have been getting closer to the hospital in recent days, underneath which – Israel says – Hamas hides its Gaza headquarters.
Israel had reported heavy fighting on Thursday near the hospital, saying it had killed dozens of militants and destroyed tunnels that are key to Hamas’s capacity to fight.
Last week, an airstrike on Al-Shifa hospital targeted an ambulance. Israel admitted to the attack, saying the vehicle was being used by Hamas terrorists.
Another blast at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital on October 17 killed scores, but the origin of the strike remains contested, with both sides accusing the other of the attack.
Israel presented what it said was evidence showing it was caused by a rocket fired by a Palestinian terror group from inside Gaza.
The Al-Shifa hospital, the biggest in Gaza and where an estimated 60,000 people have taken refuge, along with the Rantisi children’s hospital and the Indonesian hospital all came under fire overnight, Hamas authorities said. Pictured: Smoke is seen rising over the hospital on November 8. A camp has been set up in the courtyard
Footage from the courtyard of Al-Shifa hospital (seen November 8) appeared to show one of the strikes, although it was impossible to verify its origin from the footage
The refugee camp at Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital is seen on November 7
A Palestinian girl wounded in Israeli strikes, waits at Al Shifa hospital, in Gaza City, November 9
Palestinian wounded in an Israeli strike rest at Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City, November 7
The month-old Israeli military campaign to wipe out Hamas, following the militants’ October 7 raid on southern Israel, has left Gaza’s hospitals struggling to cope, as medical supplies, clean water and fuel to power generators have been running out.
Gaza’s health ministry has said 18 of Gaza’s 35 hospitals and 40 other health centres were out of service either due to damage from shelling or lack of fuel.
Israel’s bombardment and siege of Gaza has created a humanitarian catastrophe with thousands seeking medical treatment and shelter in the few hospitals still open. Those in the combat zone operate in grave danger.
‘The Israeli occupation launched simultaneous strikes on a number of hospitals during the past hours,’ Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra told Al Jazeera television.
Qidra said an Israeli strike hit a courtyard in the Al Shifa hospital, the biggest in Gaza City, causing casualties, but he did not provide details.
The IDF said it was looking into reports of the Al Shifa hospital blast.
‘While the world sees neighbourhoods with schools, hospitals, scout groups, children’s playgrounds and mosques, Hamas sees an opportunity to exploit,’ Israel’s military said in a statement.
The UN human rights chief on Friday urged an investigation into what he called Israel’s use of ‘high-impact explosive weapons’ in Gaza, which he said was causing indiscriminate destruction.
Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Israel must end its use of such weapons in the densely populated area, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, half of whom have been displaced by fighting in the last month.
Turk was not specific about what weapons he was referring to. Asked for comment, the Israeli military said it was making checks and would respond later.
‘The extensive Israeli bombardment of Gaza, including the use of high-impact explosive weapons in densely populated areas … is clearly having a devastating humanitarian and human rights impact,’ Turk told a news conference during a visit to Jordan’s capital Amman.
‘The attacks must be investigated … We have very serious concerns that these amot to disproportionate attacks in breach of international humanitarian law.’
‘Any use by Palestinian armed groups of civilians and civilian objects to shield themselves from attack is in contravention of the laws of war,’ Turk added. ‘But such conduct by Palestinian armed groups does not absolve Israel of its obligation to ensure that civilians are spared.’
Turk also said Israel must take immediate measures to protect Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, where violence is escalating between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers and settlers.
Turk said at least 176 Palestinians, including 43 children and one woman, had been killed in incidents involving Israeli security forces since the beginning of October. At least eight Palestinians had been killed by Israeli settlers.
This picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on November 10 shows a huge plume of smoke billowing up into the sky after an Israeli air strike
Smoke rises following strikes on the northern part of the Gaza Strip, as seen from Sderot
Smoke rises after a strike on Gaza. Blown-out buildings can be seen in the background
A view of damaged building of ”Bank of Palestine” as the Israeli airstrikes continue on the 35th day, in Ramallah, Gaza on November 10
Diggers are used to remove the rubbles of a building destroyed by Israeli bombardment as rescuers look for victims and survivors in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on November 10
Israel says 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed and about 240 taken hostage by Hamas in the October 7 raid that triggered the Israeli assault.
Israel says it has lost 35 soldiers in Gaza.
Palestinian officials said 10,812 Gaza residents had been killed as of Thursday, about 40 percent of them children, in air and artillery strikes.
Israel’s military advance on central Gaza City, which brought tanks within a mile of Al Shifa, according to residents, has raised questions about how Israel will interpret international laws on protecting medical centres and displaced people there.
Deadly air strikes on refugee camps, a medical convoy and near hospitals have already prompted fierce arguments among some of Israel’s Western allies over its military’s adherence to international law.
Meanwhile, Israel has agreed pauses in its offensive in northern Gaza that will allow some civilians to flee heavy fighting, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out any broader ceasefire as a ‘surrender’ to Hamas.
Asked if there would be a ‘stoppage’ in fighting, Netanyahu said on the Fox News Channel: ‘No. The fighting continues against the Hamas enemy, the Hamas terrorists, but in specific locations for a given period of a few hours here or a few hours there, we want to facilitate the safe passage of civilians away from the zone of fight and we’re doing that.’
Palestinians sit by the bodies of the Hijazi family that was killed in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Rafah on Friday, November 10
Israeli army flares illuminate the sky over west Gaza, November 9
The Israeli military has allowed some wounded Palestinian civilians to cross into Egypt for treatment.
US President Joe Biden said in a post on Thursday that Israel has ‘an obligation to distinguish between terrorists and civilians and fully comply with international law.’
The White House confirmed on Thursday that Israel had agreed to pause military operations in parts of north Gaza for four hours a day.
The pauses, which would allow people to flee along two humanitarian corridors and could be used for the release of hostages, were significant first steps, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said.
Aid groups have pleaded for a full ceasefire, warning of a humanitarian ‘catastrophe’ in Gaza, where food, water and medicine are in short supply.
‘It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up: how am I going to feed the children today,’ Amal al-Robayaa told AFP in Rafah, where she was sheltering with her husband, six children, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren at a UN school.
Oxfam France director Cecile Duflot said staff were reporting ‘the worst, the most tragic situation that they have ever seen’ in the territory.
Complicating Israel’s military push is the fate of around 240 hostages abducted on October 7.
CIA director Bill Burns and David Barnea, head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, were in Doha for talks on pauses that would include hostage releases and more aid for Gaza, an official told AFP.
Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad released a video Thursday claiming to show two hostages – a woman in her 70s and a 13-year-old boy – which, if verified, would suggest not all captives are held by Hamas.
Israel’s military slammed the video as ‘psychological terrorism’.
Four hostages have been freed so far, and the desperate relatives of those still held have piled pressure on Israeli and US authorities to secure the release of their loved ones.
‘We don’t sleep well. We don’t eat well,’ Ronen Neutra, whose son Omer is being held hostage, told AFP news agency in an interview. ‘Everything stopped.’
Inside Gaza, the intense combat and effective blockade of the densely populated territory have led to increasingly dire conditions.
Donors at an aid conference in Paris have pledged around $1.1 billion, but access to Gaza remains very limited, with around 100 trucks a day able to enter, far below the pre-war average.
‘In our most conservative scenario, this conflict is likely to set back development (in the Palestinian territories) by well over a decade,’ UNDP administrator Achim Steiner told AFP. Israeli officials however insist there is ‘no humanitarian crisis’ in Gaza.
Violence has surged in the occupied West Bank since the conflict erupted, with at least 14 Palestinians killed on Thursday alone, according to the Ramallah-based health ministry.
Palestinians crowd together as they wait for food distribution in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip
The conflict has also stoked regional tensions, with cross-border exchanges between the Israeli army and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebels saying they launched ‘ballistic missiles’ at southern Israel.
A drone hit a school in southern Israel’s Eilat on Thursday and Israeli air defences later intercepted a missile over the Red Sea, the military said.
On Friday, the military said it struck the source of the drone, in Syrian territory.
It did not identify the organisation behind the drone, but said it ‘holds the Syrian regime fully responsible for every terror activity emanating from its territory.’