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Israel targets hospitals in Gaza assault

July 18, 2014 3:40 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2014 1:52 P.M.)
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.

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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