Israel keeps pounding Gaza, hits children's hospital
12 Jan 2009
Israeli forces have attacked a children's hospital in Gaza in a
fourth day of attacks after a UN Security Council call for ceasefire.
The al-Dorra children's hospital was targeted by Israeli forces, the Palestinian
al-Aqsa TV station reported early on Monday.
The attack came as clouds of smoke filled Gaza's skyline in day 17 of Israel's
deadly military onslaught in the region.
On Sunday, Israeli aircraft also bombed and destroyed a clinic in the Gaza Strip
after firing warning shots close to the building.
Although evacuation of the clinic prevented any human casualties, all the
clinic's equipment and supplies were destroyed. This is while the region faces
serious medical shortages, which make treatment of the wounded extremely
Since the beginning of its military campaign in the Gaza Strip, Israel has
targeted several registered medical facilities, which were given assurances that
they would not come under attack.
It seems that even Gaza's main hospital, al-Shifa, is not save from the threat
of deadly raids as the Israeli website Ha'aretz quotes intelligence sources as
claiming that Hamas fighters are hiding in its basement.
This is while two Norwegian doctors who have been working in
the al-Shifa hospital say that the medical center is nearing collapse, as
patients die because of a lack of specialist doctors and basic medical
The Israeli army's indiscriminate killing of civilians, denial of humanitarian
aid, and attacks on aid workers forced the UN Security Council to pass a
non-binding resolution for immediate and durable ceasefire in the region on
Thursday. The US, Israel's main ally, abstained from the vote.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, which earlier limited its
activities to Gaza City alone, has now stopped escorting ambulances to hospital
as medics and aid convoys are still targeted by Israeli forces, Press
TV's Yousef Al-Helou reports from Gaza.
This is while rights groups and medics confirm that the Israeli military's is
using banned weapons, such as phosphorus bombs, in its attacks on Gaza.
On Sunday, Human Rights Watch said that Israel had fired artillery shells
with the incendiary agent white phosphorus into Gaza.
Phosphorus bombs are extremely deadly weapons which cause fires
on the ground and serious burns on the skin and in the lungs when inhaled. They
can also cause severe heart, liver and kidney injures.
“My family was inside our house when a shell hit it
spraying sparks like lava. Two more shells hit the house separately. The sparks
set my sons on fire. But I couldn't put out the blaze because my face was on
fire. I couldn't see. They were screaming mom, we're dying. One of my sons was
burned to death, burned to a crisp,” a Gazan woman told our Press TV