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Displaced Palestinian families sought shelter at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City earlier this month.Credit…Bashar Taleb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Weapons found in hospital, Israel says

After storming the Al-Shifa Hospital complex in Gaza overnight, Israeli soldiers were conducting searches and interrogations inside, and officers said they had found rifles, ammunition, body armor and other military equipment in a radiology building. Their assertions could not be independently verified, and Hamas said they were “fabricated.” Here’s the latest.

Palestinian officials, the heads of U.N. agencies and some Mideast regional leaders condemned the raid, warning that it risked the lives of Gaza’s most vulnerable, including the gravely ill and wounded. Israel maintains that Hamas built a military command center at the hospital, using its patients and staff as human shields.

Inside Al-Shifa: A witness who said he was on the fourth floor of a surgical building described an atmosphere of confusion, tension and fear. In what resembled a police raid, Israeli soldiers questioned people and conducted searches, with explosions and gunfire still rattling windows and nerves.

Background: The Israeli military invaded Gaza last month after roughly 1,200 people were killed in Hamas-led attacks on Israel on Oct. 7. Since then, Israeli airstrikes have killed more than 11,000 Palestinians in Gaza, according to Gazan health officials — one of the largest tolls in any air campaign this century.

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