Israel latest news: ‘State of panic’ as Gaza hospital ‘given one hour to evacuate’

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Israel latest news: ‘State of panic’ as Gaza hospital ‘given one hour to evacuate’
MODI'IN-MACCABIM-RE'UT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: Soldiers carry the coffin of Israeli soldier Corporal Noa Marcian at Modi'in Military Cemetery on November 17, 2023 in Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel. Marciano, a 19-year-old soldier who served in the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps of the 414th Regiment, was captured by Hamas fighters during their Oct. 7 attack and taken back to Gaza. The Israeli military announced her death earlier this week. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry the coffin of Israeli soldier Corporal Noa Marcian at Modi’in Military Cemetery on November 17 (Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A key hospital in Gaza City has been plunged into a ‘great state of panic’ after Israeli forces ordered everyone to leave within an hour, according to a doctor.

Omar Zaqout said the scenes outside al-Shifa Hospital are ‘appalling’ and that IDF soldiers have told medical staff and patients they must evacuate immediately.

‘We were told to leave through al-Wahda road. Dozens of dead bodies are scattered on the road,’ he told Al Jazeera.

‘The electrical power has been out more than three weeks. Infants and newborn babies are left without oxygen. It is nothing but a medieval cave.’

It comes after the bodies of two Israeli hostages were recovered from near the hospital, the IDF said.

Judith Weiss, a 65-year-old grandmother who was suffering from breast cancer, was found dead in a building nearby after being kidnapped by Hamas, according to the IDF.

The body of 19-year-old IDF soldier Noa Marciano was found hours later in another building next to the hospital, officials say.