The Israeli army on Saturday ordered the evacuation of two hospitals in Gaza, affecting people who had sought refuge there, the injured, and medical staff, according to Palestinian medical sources.
"Al-Awda hospital, located in northern Gaza, and al-Quds hospital in Gaza, had received two phone calls from the army who ordered them to evacuate in a few hours," the sources told Xinhua.
It comes a day after Israel issued an initial warning that urged Gazan residents to evacuate to the southern part of the coastal enclave.
The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), the group that controls Gaza, condemns the Israeli request to evacuate the hospitals, calling on the United Nations and relevant international institutions to intervene urgently to stop "Israel's plans to target hospitals, medical staff, and other institutions working in the humanitarian field."
Hamas militants launched a surprise attack with thousands of rockets on Israel on Oct. 7, prompting extensive Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.
The ongoing conflict, now in its eighth day, has killed more than 3,000 on both sides and wounded even more.