Israel’s military declared that it was ready to evacuate babies from Gaza’s largest hospital on Sunday.
Palestinian officials claimed that two newborns died and dozens more were at risk after fuel ran out ending power supply from the generator while intense fighting continued in the area.
Israel’s chief military spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, said the Israeli military would help evacuate babies from the hospital.
“The staff of the Shifa hospital has requested that tomorrow we help the babies in the pediatric department to get to a safer hospital. We will provide the assistance needed,” he said.
According to Gaza’s border authority, the Rafah crossing into Egypt would reopen on Sunday for foreign passport holders. It was closed down on Friday.
An Israeli military spokesperson claimed Hamas had lost control of northern Gaza.
At a news conference late on Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the deaths of five more Israeli soldiers in Gaza. The Israeli military said 46 had been killed since its ground operations there began.
Israel has asked doctors, patients and thousands of evacuees who have taken refuge at hospitals in northern Gaza must leave so it can tackle Hamas gunmen. Medical staff say patients could die if they are moved.