February 5, 2024 Israel-Hamas war

Approximately 8,000 displaced people have been evacuated from the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PCRS) headquarters and Al-Amal hospital in Gaza’s southern city of Khan Younis on Monday, PCRS said.

About 80 patients and wounded, 40 elderly displaced individuals and 100 administrative and medical staff remain, it added.

This comes after PRCS earlier said that hundreds of people who had been taking shelter at its headquarters and the hospital have begun to leave. On Friday, the aid group had called for a humanitarian corridor for evacuees as Israeli tanks had surrounded the area and were “firing live ammunition,” killing four people.

Alarms have been raised for days over the hospital as a site of “relentless bombing and direct gunfire,” PRCS said in a news release, with the group also sayings its medical workers were living in a “state of terror and panic.”

The aid group said on Monday: “This comes after the International Committee of the Red Cross informed the PRCS of the occupation’s approval to provide a safe passage, allowing the displaced individuals to exit Al-Amal Hospital and the PRCS’s headquarters towards the Mawasi area in Khan Younis.”

“Hundreds of displaced individuals have begun leaving the PRCS’s headquarters and Al-Amal Hospital after being besieged for over two weeks,” it added.

At the same time, the PRCS said the Israeli military had taken the General Manager of Al-Amal Hospital, Dr. Haider Al-Qaddura, and the hospital’s Administrative Director, Maher Atallah, “to an unknown location.” The Israel Defense Forces told CNN it did not detain two officials, but they were questioned.