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Israel targets hospitals in Gaza assault
Published Friday 18/07/2014 (updated) 19/07/2014 13:52
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A hospital attendant checks on Ahmad Al-Awar, 28-years-old,
from the Palestinian center for people with special needs as he
lies on a bed in Gaza City on July 12, 2014.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel shelled the Beit Hanoun hospital in northern Gaza on Friday, damaging the top floors and causing panic among patients and staff, employees said.

A nurse in the hospital told Ma'an that Israel fired a drone missile at the roof and third floor, damaging water supplies.

The area of the hospital targeted contained a ward for children, a reception area, and the offices of several doctors.

The building was evacuated immediately following the attack, with no injuries reported.

The attack comes as Israeli tanks fired shells at the al-Wafa hospital in Gaza City late Thursday, the facility's director said.

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

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

Wafa Hospital (MaanImages)

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

The Al-Quds hospital was also hit overnight Thursday by Israeli forces, causing a fire to break out which damaged several departments of the building.

On Saturday, thirty-year-old Ola Washahi and 47-year-old Suha Abu Saada were killed when an Israeli rocket hit a care home for Palestinians with special needs in Beit Lahiya.

The facility's director, Jamila Alaywa, was unable to contain her fury as she described the tragedy that had befallen the center she set up in 1994.

"Both Ola and Suha had severe mental and physical handicaps, and had been living at the center since it was founded," she told AFP.

"They didn't understand what was happening and they were so frightened," Alaywa said.

"They fired the rocket and it hit us without any warning. There was no warning strike with an empty rocket," she said.
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1 ) Simple / Lesson
18/07/2014 16:31
May be this time Palestinian would learn the lessons: do not launch rocket into Israel and you will be OK.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
18/07/2014 17:42
An interview with Israeli Ambassador said that Hamas hide their rockets in Hospital, schools and Mosques so Israel has to take some action to eliminate the rockets. But Israel has a way of doing it. They blow up schools, hospitals and Mosques. They even strike a rehabilitation center for mentally handicap patients. That man was grilled by the Fox news channel.

3 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
18/07/2014 18:29
Don't use hospitals as military assets and they will not be hit. Simple. Palestinians can not use civilian infrastructure, not even hospitals, for the commission of war crimes against Israel. The sooner Palestinians understand this the better for everyone. If Hamas wants to fight a war, come out and challenge Israel on a battlefield away from the Urban areas. Some of you might remember that David fought Goliath in open combat. Hamas hides behind its citizens and hospitals.

4 ) L. at / jordan
18/07/2014 19:05
So it's the Palestinian's fault? it's their fault for resisting occupation? for trying to defend themselves? or should they just sit back and watch as their people get killed? you my friend, need a reality check.

5 ) Charlie A / Sweden/Gaza
18/07/2014 20:20
To shot at a civilian hospital is a violation of the 4th Geneva Convention article 18.

6 ) Gaza support / Gaza
18/07/2014 20:23
asnwer to simple No they won't be OK because the Zionists will continue the blockade. You guys are funny you think the world is closed and people have no access to internet to know your crimes.

7 ) Tobias / USA
18/07/2014 20:54
Logically, if Israel had targeted the hospital, then it would have hit the main sections, and largely destroyed, and truthfully Israel reported that the Hospital (a large group human-shields) was used by Islamic militants, which is a serious war crime, and made the Hospital a legitmate military target.

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
18/07/2014 20:56
** MILITANTS LAUNCHED ANTI-TANK ROCKETS FROM THE HOSPITAL, from the hospital's highest point, and
** AND ISRAEL TARGETED THE ROCKET LAUNCHING SQUAD,
in the hospital's highest points only !!

9 ) Maureen / Australia
18/07/2014 22:31
#1 BS! Palestinians in the West Bank have not been launching rockets into Israel and still the Israeli military junta practices neonazi tactics/apartheid/theft/oppression against Palestinian people in that area!

10 ) Joseph Sella / uk
19/07/2014 10:58
You cannot claim "occupation" in Gaza and at the same time complain you are under a blockade! its this or that! The West Bank is under occupation and that is the reason why no rockets are fired at the Israelis from there. Gaza has self rule, selected Hamas to rule over them and by doing so they are paying the high price of siding with a bunch of extreem Islamic leaders.

11 ) Brandy / Usa2
19/07/2014 12:57
#3 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada - Well the Palestinians do like to throw stones a lot, and are very good with a sling shot, so I can guess which one is David and which one Goliath. Those who know the story, know what happened and who won :)

12 ) Ruth / UK
19/07/2014 13:04
@)10: Joseph go to www.palestinecampaign.org and get some proper information on the conflict. Gaza is part of Palestine & is therefore under occupation, It is also under an enforced blockade, because US & Israel didn't like the freely & democratically elected government of Gaza.

13 ) Frank Snapp / U.S.A.
20/07/2014 20:21
Mosad shoots all rockets into Israel, when there even are any before a false flag frothing at the mouth IDF/Mosad retaliatory blitzkrieg is stumbled into by the idiot Zionazi filth.

14 ) Jake / Australia
21/07/2014 15:58
Wow. Seems like a bunch of you anti Palestinian commenters have absolutely NO clue how these war even started. 3 young Jewish teens are tragically found dead. Israel blames Hamas, yet Hamas DENIES the claims and Israel begin their aerial campaign...sheesh. Palestinians defend THEMSELVES by firing rockets. Stop commenting if you have no idea what you're talking about
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