Gaza’s health ministry said it is working with the Red Cross to evacuate injured people stranded at northern Gaza’s Indonesian hospital on Tuesday morning after the facility was bombed. At least 12 people were killed and dozens were injured, according to the health ministry. The Israel Defense Forces said militants opened fire on its troops from inside the hospital and that they retaliated, but no shells were fired at the facility. The Washington Post could not independently verify any of the pages’ claims. Hamas officials said Tuesday that the militant group is nearing a possible ceasefire that could include an agreement to allow a number of women and children hostages out in exchange for a prisoner exchange with Israel. Israeli officials have expressed openness to a multi-day pause in the fighting to get hostages out, but have stressed that a ceasefire is a different matter and had not publicly commented on any deal. President Biden said Monday he believed a deal to free the hostages was close. Neither the US nor Israel speak directly to Hamas. Qatar has been an intermediary in the discussions.
August 24, 2023