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“Entire families dead”: Journalist describes scene at Al-Shifa Hospital after Israeli troops withdraw

From CNN’s Abeer Salman and Lucas Lilieholm

A journalist working for CNN said the scene at Gaza City’s Al-Shifa Hospital on Monday “feels like a horror movie” after Israeli forces withdrew, ending their two-week siege of the facility.

“Bulldozers crushed bodies of people everywhere around and in the yard of the hospital,” said Khader Al Za’anoun, a staffer with Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.

Al Za’anoun said people had arrived at the complex to search for missing family members.

“Many families are looking for their loved ones and cannot find them. Some of them even know they were killed but their bodies are missing,” he said. “We found entire families dead and their bodies are decomposed in houses around the hospital.”

Al Za’anoun said survivors at the complex were malnourished.

“People who are alive inside the hospital are suffering from starvation as they were given one bottle of water a day to share for six people,” he said.

“I’m looking around me and I can’t believe what I see.

“This is beyond describing it as a crime.”

In a statement confirming their withdrawal from the hospital, Israel’s military said its troops had killed terrorists while preventing harm to civilians.

Khader Al Za’anoun of Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, contributed reporting to this post.

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