The Israeli military conducted a operation at the Kamal Adwan hospital in northern Gaza on Tuesday, leading to the arrest of numerous medical staff, according to reports from local sources. Dr. Hossam Abu-Safia, head of pediatrics at the hospital, detailed the events in a phone interview with CNN.
He revealed that the hospital's director, Dr. Ahmed Al-Kahlot, was among those detained and taken to an undisclosed location. The situation around the hospital escalated dramatically on Tuesday, as described by Abu-Safia. He recounted the increased intensity of bombing in the vicinity of the hospital, followed by the arrival of the Israeli military.
The forces reportedly requested all men between the ages of 16 and 65 to exit the building for searches.
Impact on Medical Services
Abu-Safia further stated that more than 70 medical staff members were arrested and taken to an unknown area.
He and five other doctors were allowed to remain in the hospital to care for patients in the intensive care unit and premature babies. The military instructed them to confine themselves to one section of the building, avoiding doors and windows for safety.
“Then it was the medical staff’s turn. Many of the medical staff have been arrested and taken to an unknown area, more than 70 medical staff,” he said. “They asked us to gather in only one section or building [and] close all the doors and windows, and not to be near doors or windows,” he said.The hospital, according to Abu-Safia, is facing severe challenges, operating without water or power.
"We are working with primitive flashlights to follow up on the patients left in the hospital," he said.Despite these conditions, the hospital continues to shelter displaced women, children, and the elderly.
In response to inquiries about the alleged arrests at Kamal Adwan hospital, the Israeli military stated it continues "to act against Hamas strongholds" in northern Gaza, including the area of Beit Lahia. The military emphasized its efforts to minimize harm to non-combatants in its operations.