Israeli tanks have breached Gaza's largest hospital complex, according to a journalist inside Al-Shifa.
“We can see them pointing the guns of the tanks toward the hospital. We are not sure whether soldiers are inside the hospital [buildings], but they are inside the complex with the tanks," Khader Al Za’anoun, a reporter for the Palestinian news agency, Wafa, told CNN.
There were gunfire exchanges across the yard, and some of the windows in one of the buildings were out, Al Za’anoun added.
Hundreds of staff and patients are still at Al-Shifa, according to the most recent reports from inside the hospital, along with several thousand people who have sought shelter from Israel’s air and ground offensive.
Some context: In a statement early Wednesday morning, Israel Defense Forces said it is carrying out a "precise and targeted operation" in the hospital.
Israel believes it has given the Hamas operatives it accuses of being inside the hospital sufficient time to cease their activities inside the building, according to the statement.
Hospital officials have consistently rejected Israel’s claims that Hamas has built a command and control center under the hospital.