Israeli forces shelling Beit Hanoun Hospital
Published Saturday 26/07/2014 (updated) 27/07/2014 11:13
A hospital attendant checks on a patient in Gaza City on July 12, 2014.
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Activists in the Beit Hanoun Hospital said early Saturday that the facility was under heavy fire from Israeli forces, trapping more than 65 people inside only days after a shell made a direct hit.
International activists associated with the International Solidarity Movement told Ma'an on Saturday around 1 a.m. that Israeli shelling of the area of the hospital had not ceased since the afternoon.
The group said in a statement that 61 medical staff, three patients, and two ISM activists were trapped in the building, with a Swedish activist injured in the head and bleeding from an earlier shelling wound.
"The shelling is still going and it has gotten worse," an activist affiliated with the group told Ma'an via phone.
Six out of Gaza's 13 hospitals have been severely damaged since the Israeli assault began, according the health ministry.
Al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital has been completely destroyed, while at least five medical workers have died.