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Staff from hospital in northern Gaza refuse to leave remaining patients despite Israeli military activity

From CNN's Kareem Khadder, Sarah El Sirgany, Abdel Qadder Sabbah and Sana Noor Haq

Two of the remaining hospitals in northern Gaza remain under Israeli siege, according to staff from the medical centers.

On Friday morning, Israeli military vehicles at the northern gate of the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia prevented ambulances from reaching the hospital, according to the remaining medical staff inside.

The medical center has been providing basic services for a couple of days, the staff said. Due to strikes at the hospital earlier this week, patients from Kamal Adwan Hospital were transferred out of the facility for care, according to the staff.

The Israeli military forced most medical staff at Al-Awda Hospital in Jabalya to leave on May 22, according to the hospital’s director. Dr. Mohammed Salha warned on Friday he and other colleagues were still inside the facility because they could not leave 11 vulnerable patients and two of their companions.

“They forced the staff and other patients and their companions to evacuate. But I insisted to stay with them, I can’t leave the patients in the hospital without taking care of them or without ambulances to pick them up,” Salha said in a message shared with CNN by a colleague.

The latest death toll: At least 57 people were killed across Gaza in the past 24 hours, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said on Friday. At least 35,857 have been killed in Gaza since the October 7 attack, according to the ministry, with 80,293 more injured.

CNN cannot verify the ministry’s numbers due to lack of international media access to the strip.

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