Israeli warplanes made a direct hit on the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital in the Gaza Strip, inflicting severe damage, the hospital director said on Monday.
"Israeli warplanes bombed the third floor of the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital, the only hospital in Gaza for cancer patients," Dr. Subhi Skaik told Anadolu.
He added that the Israeli bombing "caused extensive damage, as a fire broke out in the floor before being contained."
Skaik also said the Israeli bombing damaged some of the electromechanical systems, as well as exposed medical staff and patients alike to danger.
In an earlier statement, he said that the Israeli army had repeatedly bombed the vicinity of the hospital in recent days.
The Turkish government funded construction of the hospital in 2011-2017, making it the largest hospital in Palestine with an area of 34,800 square meters (375,000 square feet) over six floors and with a capacity of 180 beds.
Since the weekend the Israeli army has widened its air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has been under relentless airstrikes since the surprise offensive by Hamas on Oct. 7.
Nearly 9,850 people have been killed in the conflict, including 8,306 Palestinians and more than 1,538 Israelis.