Israeli forces entered the campus of Shifa Hospital in Gaza early Wednesday, upon claims that Hamas operates out of the compound.

Mohammed Zaqout, the director of hospitals in Gaza, said Israeli tanks were inside the medical compound and that soldiers had entered buildings, including the emergency and surgery departments, which house intensive care units.

Shifa Hospital is the latest focus of the war between Israel and Hamas, which erupted after the militant group killed some 1,200 people and seized around 240 captives in a surprise Oct. 7 attack into southern Israel.

The Israeli army claims the militant group uses hospitals as cover for its fighters, and has set up its main command center in and beneath Shifa Hospital, the largest in the besieged territory.

Both Hamas and Shifa Hospital staff deny the Israeli allegations.

More than 11,200 Palestinians — two-thirds of them women and minors — have been killed since the war began, according to the Health Ministry in Hamas-run Gaza, which does not differentiate between civilian and militant deaths. About 2,700 people have been reported missing.

In the meantime, Egypt’s state-run al-Qahera television station reported Wednesday that the first fuel truck to enter the Gaza Strip since the war started on Oct. 7 has crossed the Egyptian gate of the Rafah crossing, the border crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

Israeli defense officials said on Wednesday that they have agreed to allow fuel shipments into the Gaza Strip for humanitarian operations.

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