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Director: Israeli tanks shelling Gaza rehab hospital
Published Thursday 17/07/2014 (updated) 19/07/2014 11:29
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A wounded Palestinian man waits in the corridor of the Al-Wafa
rehabilitation hospital near Gaza City on July 16, 2014 (AFP Thomas Coex)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Israeli tanks are shelling Gaza's Al-Wafa hospital, whose 14 patients include some who are paralyzed or in a coma, and several people have been hurt, the facility's director said Thursday.

"Israeli tanks are shelling the hospital, they have hit several of the floors, and several nurses have been injured," director Basman Alashi told AFP.

The hospital in Gaza's Shejaiya district has come under Israeli fire several times before, and the Israeli military has called on Alashi and other doctors to evacuate it.

Alashi told AFP on Wednesday that it was almost impossible to move the patients, most of whom are immobile, and he questioned where they could go.

"There is no place safe in Gaza! If a hospital is not safe, where is?" he said.

On Thursday night, he said he was contacting other hospitals in Gaza to try to arrange ambulances to transport the 14 patients elsewhere after Al-Wafa came under renewed Israeli fire.

"But the ambulances are all in use, there is heavy shelling in many places," he said.

"And each patient has to be taken individually and carried because they cannot move."

"They are tearing the hospital apart, bit by bit."
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
17/07/2014 22:36
If the IDF is hitting the hospital then they know there are rockets and assorted munitions in the hospital.

2 ) Shona / Canada
17/07/2014 23:58
"They are tearing the hospital apart, bit by bit." And Intel will prove when the Israelis get to the basement level, they will find Hamas' military wing and political wing command and control center and weapons stash, in their concrete bunkers. With food, water and medical supplies their Palestinian citizens so badly need. Then the Hamas terrorists will be captured en mass. In order to make them stand as war criminals, indicted for the indiscriminate shelling of Israeli civilians.

3 ) Rondo Mondo from the Land of / The Midnight Sun
18/07/2014 00:20
They were given several days warning and did not leave. The hospital is protecting Hamas military assets. Under section 18 of the Geneva Conventions on the Protection of Civilians (Part II) a hospital loses its protected status when it is used in the furtherance of hostile actions against the other side. Hamas can not store rockets or fire from at or near the hospital without causing it to lose its protected statue.

4 ) Martin O'Quigley / Ireland
18/07/2014 07:44
Where is the proof, read the Goldstone report on "Cast Lead". Israel committed war crimes then, it is doing the same thing now.

5 ) MA / Canada
18/07/2014 08:00
These are absurd arguments. If attacking hospitals with paralyzed and comatose patients isn't indiscriminate, then what is?

6 ) Mike / UK
18/07/2014 10:26
You apartheiders are crazy.. What happens when they find nothing under hospital? What munitions? You think UN is not in that hospital 24/7? Dear God, what kind of propaganda are you people being fed with, no wonder such disgrace comes out of your minds..

7 ) Stand up for Gaza / Canada
18/07/2014 14:52
The terrorist zionist regime pays students to spread propaganda lies to whip up hatred. Only exposes how racist and murderous the zionists are.

8 ) Robert / US
18/07/2014 22:20
#7 Stand up for Gaza- You are 100 % right !!. It happens in both our country's . These Neocons MUST BE STOPPED, ALONG WITH ALOT OF LIBERALS, THEY ARE ONE OIN THE SAME.. thanks for posting brother or sister !!!.
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