Gaza Clinic for Infants and Mothers Bombed by Israeli Army
Christian Aid said the destroyed clinic, which was located in a two-storey building in the Shujaiya district of Gaza City, provided free primary healthcare to the local community, including mother and child clinics, neo-natal care, family planning.
It also included a laboratory for medical tests and a small dispensary. On Saturday evening, the building's owners received a telephone call from the Israeli military telling to evacuate within 15 minutes, Christian Aid said. The family living in the apartment on the floor above the clinic managed to get out just before a warning shot was fired by an Israeli air force jet, it added. Moments later, the building - which the charity said was clearly marked with the insignia of the Red Cross and had ambulances parked outside - was struck by a missile fired by the aircraft. The clinic was completely destroyed in the attack, along with valuable medical equipment, including ultrasound machines, laboratory apparatus, and computers, which are not freely available in Gaza. Constantine Dabbagh, executive director of the NECC in Gaza, said another of its clinics had been closed for two weeks because the owners of a neighbouring building had received repeated warnings from the Israeli military that it was about to be bombed.
Also at NowPublic : Eyewitness accounts provided by Sameh Habeeb, trapped in Gaza, with details of the destruction, injuries and deaths during the current Israeli invasion.
The Gaza Strip and Palestinian Territories are densely populated area with 45% of the civilians in the region children. Women and children have suffered heavy fatalities and deaths during Israel's air bombing and house to house campaigns, as the Israeli Army presses deeper into Gaza. Accounts report many fatalities from gunfire as well as the bombings.
The UN has expressed concern regarding alleged atrocities and is calling for investigating possible war crimes. The UN maintains that its buildings and facilities are plainly marked and that the Israeli Army has been given exact locations of all UN buildings. The Israeli Army is also equipped with GPS tracking.
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