Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
Stop Israeli attacks, pay health staff
Last night Beit Hanoun Hospital came under heavy Israeli shelling while 80 people, including medical staff, three patients, two International Solidarity Movement volunteers, and many civilians were trapped terrified inside. One Swedish activist received cuts to the head, and another person received minor injuries, although the hospital was severely damaged.
Numerous calls for help throughout the afternoon and evening by the Deputy Minister of Health Gaza to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were fruitless. Intervention by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry eventually achieved an undertaking by Israeli military after midnight not to fire directly upon the hospital. All those inside were finally evacuated to safety this morning under the aegis of the Ministry of Health after the commencement of the 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire.
Beit Hanoun is the second Gazan hospital to have been evacuated and completely closed down in 48 hours due to damage from Israeli strikes, the other being Al Durrah paediatric Hospital in Gaza City, where a toddler in the intensive care unit was killed on Thursday night.
The ceasefire also allowed the retrieval of bodies from beneath the rubble of buildings destroyed overnight during the heavy bombardment of Beit Hanoun; 32 bodies have been found at this time. (more…)
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
The Ministry of Health Gaza expresses its horror and outrage at the latest Israeli massacre a short while ago at an UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons in Beit Hanoun. 15 people have been killed and 70 wounded.
This follows hard on the heels of yesterday’s massacre in the governate of Khan Younis.
In the farming village of Khuza’a at least 25 civilians are believed dead and 16 wounded. Two thirds of the homes have been destroyed and 60 percent of the population has fled, while the rest are prevented from leaving by ongoing attacks and sniper fire.
Israeli tanks and special forces are currently surrounding emergency vehicles and ambulances seeking to retrieve the dead and wounded, and have seized some of the critically-wounded victims. (more…)
Ministry of Health Gaza
July 23, 2014
Another massacre is underway in Khan Younis, where relentless Israeli shelling and sniper fire are wreaking death and destruction on all that moves in the zone east of Khan Younis city.
The villages of Khuza’a, Al Fukhari, Abasan Alkabir, Abasan Al Sa’ir, Jarara, and Bani Suhela received no warning of the attacks, and no warnings to evacuate before the bombardment began at around 11pm last night.
The intensity of Israeli shelling around the Algerian Hospital in Abasan Alkabir shattered its windows, and led to its evacuation, leaving only the emergency department operational.
Despite residents’ frantic calls to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for help in finding a safe route and safe vehicles to escape, the ICRC was unable to get a response from Israeli authorities until dawn today, when five bodies and 17 injured were retrieved and taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.
An unknown number of dead and injured remain behind, as ambulances are prevented access. Read more HERE
On April 15 a group of Palestinians, Italians, and an assortment of other nationalities bussed down to Khan Younis to honour Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian activist murdered on this day in Gaza three years ago. Vik, as he was popularly known, was widely loved and respected by the farmers and fishermen whom he accompanied to deter Israeli attacks against them during their work, as well as by the many he helped during Operation Cast Lead.
Arriving at the home of a farmer who worked with Vik, the group was led to a memorial erected in his honour in the front garden of the farmhouse, surrounded with palms and plants, and adorned with posters and Palestinian flags.(more…)
An Israeli drone fired a rocket at a group of Palestinians near Sofa crossing, on Tuesday morning. Three people – Abdulshafi Mo’ammar, 33, Ismael Abu Jouda, 23, and Shaher Abu Shanab, 24 – were killed.
This brings the total of Palestinians killed by Israel in the last 24 hours in the West Bank and Gaza to six.
Palestinian Raed Zuaiter, 38, a judge at the Amman Court of First Instance, was killed at the Jordan River crossing point on Monday morning while on his way to visit family in the West Bank.
Saji Darwish, 18, from Beitin village was killed near Ramallah by Israeli forces, and Fidaa Muhye Addin Majadlah died following a car chase by Israeli police. Palestinian security sources told AFP that Israeli troops fired at the car, but that it was not clear whether Majadlah was killed by the gunfire or the crash.
Also on Tuesday morning dozens of Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers carried out an incursion east of Khuza’a village, in the southern Gaza Strip.
Six bulldozers entered into the area and carried out leveling operations east of al-Rowaida gate, amid gunfire.
Israeli gunboats also opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the Gaza coast. No injuries or damage were reported.
At least two Israeli air strikes have been reported in Khan Younis in recent minutes, causing injuries.
The Gaza Government has strongly condemned today’s Israeli attack on a tent full of mourners in the eastern Gaza City neighbourhood of Shujaiyeh late this afternoon.
At least four are dead, ten are still fighting for their lives, and another twenty are injured following the cowardly shelling of grieving civilians.
18 year-old Ahmad al-Dardasawi and 17 year old Muhammad Hararah died immediately, while two unidentified men died later from injuries sustained in the attack.
“The Palestinian Government in Gaza condemns the continuous aggression against our people, and holds the enemy government responsible for the large number of civilian deaths and injuries,” they said in a statement released by the Government Media Office this evening.
“The Palestinian Government calls on the world to stop Israeli aggression, and stresses the right of Palestinians to self defence as long as the aggression continues.”
They added that they are attending to the treatment needs of the many injured, despite the siege and the difficult conditions.
“We condemn the Zionist escalation in the strongest terms, and call on the international community and the world powers to rein it in,” they said.
Israeli tanks also shelled an area east of Khan Younis late afternoon, injuring at least another four people.