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Palestine Red Crescent Society calls for humanitarian corridor to evacuate Khan Younis hospital

From CNN’s Kareem Khadder and Eyad Kourdi

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) called for a humanitarian corridor Friday to help evacuate wounded people and others wishing to leave Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis.

The hospital in southern Gaza has been besieged for 12 consecutive days, enduring “relentless bombing and direct gunfire” in the surrounding area, PRCS said in a news release.

PRCS said four people were killed Friday, including the director of the Youth and Volunteers Department, Hadiya Hamad. It claimed six others were injured when Israeli forces fired at the organization’s headquarters, which is sheltering thousands of displaced people.

The Israel Defense Forces did not provide a direct response to PRCS’ allegations Friday, but said in a statement to CNN that its activity in Khan Younis will continue for several days until it dismantles “Hamas’ military framework and Hamas strongholds.”

The IDF claims the area surrounding the hospital is home to a “significant component” of Hamas’ Khan Younis Brigade.

Aid workers have been raising alarm for days about the situation at hospitals in the southern city, with PRCS and the Israeli military providing at-times contradictory accounts from the ground. CNN cannot independently verify either side’s claims, due to the difficulties of reporting from the war zone.

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