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Toddler 'killed in ICU' as Israel bombs Gaza City hospital
Published Thursday 24/07/2014 (updated) 25/07/2014 23:17
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A toddler was killed and dozens of other Palestinians were injured in a Gaza City hospital late Thursday as an Israeli bomb struck the area, medics said.

Ibrahim al-Sheikh Omar, two-and-a-half years old, was in the ICU of Muhammad al-Durra hospital when an Israeli strike hit outside.

Medical sources said the boy was hit by shrapnel from the explosion, killing him on the spot.

Thirty other Palestinians were injured in the strike.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an she was looking into the incident.

The army has repeatedly claimed that hospitals have been used as launching grounds for Palestinian militants during the Israeli offensive on Gaza.

On Monday, Israeli shells left four dead and wounded 60 at the al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al Balah.

The attacks have also raised alarm around the world, as more than 50 mosques have been bombed as well as thousands of homes.

UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Wednesday that Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes.

"There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," Pillay told an emergency session on Israel's Gaza offensive at the UN Human Rights Council, citing attacks that have killed Palestinian civilians, including children.

Pillay added that the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas does not justify war crimes on the Israeli side.
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1 ) Please / stop
24/07/2014 22:25
"Pillay added that the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas does not justify war crimes on the Israeli side." Okay, but where is the investigation into Hamas's actions?

2 ) Julie / USA
25/07/2014 00:52
iZrael has been extremely successful in destroying their image around the world, especially here in America. mainstream media is appalled & disgusted with izrael's unconscionable violence and it's also, for the first time, finally covering the Palestinians' perspective. hundreds of thousands are protesting against izrael's evil worldwide, whereas the pro-izraeli protests aren't even in the tens of thousands. this time around, izraeli will be held accountable for their inhuman, egregious crimes.

3 ) JoeFattal / USA
25/07/2014 00:59
Some in the US State Department admitting now that Israel is going over board with their aggression in Gaza. Even an expert in counter-offensive said there are no truth showing that Hamas are using children and women as a human shield, yes he said some weapons were stored in some schools but that is not an excuse to have to kill bunch of children to get to it. That why the ground invasion was all about, to locate them and destroy them, not to kill women and children to get to it.

4 ) Asmaa / Palestine
25/07/2014 11:19
Please bless and protect the children of Gaza., please ease their suffering, YaRab...Allahyerhamo

5 ) Karin Ehrlinger / Austria
25/07/2014 11:29
I am extremely sorry for all the loss of life in Gaza and so ashamed that our governments (in Europe) can only utter empty phrases of "concern" while our journalists just parrot the Israeli talking points ... this is inexcusable and inhumane ... It is important that the world sees the victims of IDF-crimes but it seems to me the photo above does not show a toddler, the dead boy is much older ... pleace check the photo source to clarify ...

6 ) Abdul / India
25/07/2014 12:51
World can see the occupier israel is doing the massacre of innocent people even in the hospital.Then why should not people resist against them.

7 ) Mel / USA
25/07/2014 14:41
O,your name was once "Israel" & you changed it to "Curse".
With a gift to prove yourself better, you opted to be worse!
On a path to self-destruction,killing innocent,old & young,
Zionism turned the name"Israel"into excrement on the tongue.
Every child you murder,each good heart you take,erases the name'Israel'& that's the choice you make.
You chose evil Zionism,Israel,& sacrificed your right,to exist & be recognized with love & respect.And that will be your blight.
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