Northern Gaza Strip - Teams have begun to take preparatory measurements and actions in an area in the northern Gaza Strip designated for a US-founded and funded hospital.

The Qatari delegation currently in Gaza has brought up the issue with the Hamas leadership in Gaza, but various factions have expressed opposition to the new medical facility.

The hospital will be established in proximity to the Erez Crossing into Israel, and Qatar is expected to help fund the construction as well.  The hospital will be run by volunteers from the US and other countries. The hospital will provide treatment for cancer patients and will feature 16 other new wards, but several factions are still opposing its establishment.

Israel has recently decided to take the equipment it deployed in the field hospital for Syrian refugees on the border with Syria and transfer it to Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) opposes the project, claiming it is part of the terms of ceasefire currently being finalized between Israel and Hamas, which undermines the PA’s sovereignty in the Strip.

Fatah has voiced opposition to any civilian programs not run through the PA.

Hassan Dajani, a Hamas-affiliated commentator, said that the hospital should be built only with the agreement of all the various factions and that there is a suspicion that this a move to promote the Deal of the Century, even though he conceded that Gaza does need further medical services.

Hamas has officially endorsed the project with an understanding that it will help them and Gaza, but are now facing opposition. Read more at VINNews