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El Wafa Hospital, struck by missile

El Wafa Hospital, struck by missile last Saturday

After sustaining five missiles last Saturday, Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza City received disturbing phone calls last night warning of a new round of bombings. The rehabilitation center, which currently serves 39 patients including 14 requiring urgent care, first received a phone call after the bombings on Saturday from someone with a “thick Israeli accent,” asking if anyone had been hurt.  In preparation for an attack of this nature, hospital administrators had already moved all patients from the top floor at the beginning of the Israeli assault, and fortunately did not experience any injuries or deaths.

Last night, however, Al-Wafa received another set of concerning phone calls. International volunteers at the hospital report that someone claiming to be from the “Defense department of the Israeli forces” called at 23:05, telling everyone to evacuate by morning.

Just a few minutes later, at 23:10, the hospital received a recorded message stating that the downtown neighborhood of Shajaia, with a population of approximately 100,000 people, should also evacuate by the following morning.

Then again, at 23:55, another call reiterated the request to leave, saying the hospital would be bombed by 08:00.  “Because we don’t want innocent people to get hurt, we care about innocent people, [we] ask you to leave because we are doing a mass operation in your area,” the caller stated.

Hospital administrators sought the intervention of the World Health Organization, which contacted the Israel Defense Forces. The IDF reportedly contradicted their prior message to the hospital when speaking with the WHO. “It is a hospital, so we won’t bomb it,” the IDF reportedly told the WHO.

The IDF’s retraction of the warning, however, comes four days after another rehabilitation center, Al-Shifa in Jabaliya, was bombed, killing four; Al-Wafa was hit with five missiles that same day.

For now, however, hospital personnel and the international volunteers are staying put.  “We are not going to evacuate,” stated Basman Alashi, Al-Wafa’s executive director. “We are staying. I believe it is part of their [the Israeli military] propaganda, part of the scare tactics they use.”

Despite numerous phone calls, IDF spokespeople continue to ignore requests for justification for Saturday’s attack, and cannot offer any information about a potential attack in a few hours.  “If they received a message to leave, they should leave,” said one spokesperson.

Brandon Davis

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  1. annie on July 16, 2014, 10:09 am

    because israel only targets locations hamas uses human as shields, like on the beach where the remains of mutilated charred childrens bodies lay. blame hamas no doubt.

  2. a blah chick on July 16, 2014, 10:22 am

    ““If they received a message to leave, they should leave,” said one spokesperson.” Gee, thanks, bub. Where is a hospital filled with injured people suppose to set up? There is no place to go!

    One of the regular racist at 972 said that if no one was firing from the hospital then they had nothing to worry about. And that is how the average Israeli Jews will console themselves when or if the hospital is destroyed.

  3. just on July 16, 2014, 10:37 am

    “The hospital Al-Wafa, located in Eastern Gaza, is widely reported to have received warnings from the Israeli military late Tuesday night including an order to evacuate the buildings by 8am local time, leaving the occupants nine hours to clear the area.

    “Just now they called back and told us to leave the building immediately,” Swedish activist Fred Ekblad told the Dagens Nyheter daily (DN) in an interview that took place mere minutes after the time limit had run out.

    “It’s possible, likely even, that the Israelis don’t want to attack the building. But it could be that they want to use it in a potential ground operation.”

    When asked if he was worried about an Israeli air strike, Swedish activist Fred Ekblad explained that normally his international status would protect him.

    “But this isn’t a normal situation,” he told DN. “Of course we’re worried”

    http://www.thelocal.se/20140716/swedish-activist-occupying-threatened-gaza-hospital

    I saw a broadcast the other day about 2 Swedish activists @ the hospital…bless them.
    Heinous and innumerable war crimes are committed by Israel every day, and the US remains mum and complicit.

  4. Kay24 on July 16, 2014, 11:05 am

    WHO and any institution in Gaza that has the protection of UN regulations banning any damage or bombing of such property, would be foolish to take the word of any Israeli official. Nothing has been spare – they have bombed hospitals, Mosques, homes, and everything that stands, in their effort to “bomb Gaza to the stone age”.
    These snakes cannot be trusted.

  5. MahaneYehude1 on July 16, 2014, 11:09 am

    While most of you agree that Israel commits war crimes and most of you blame only Israel in the situation, most of you also ignore the other side and don’t deal with its activities honestly. Until today, after one week of the operation I didn’t hear your opinions in the following subjects:

    1) Do you think that missile attacks on Israeli cities and towns are war crimes?
    2) Do you think that firing missiles from populated regions in Gaza strip is moral?
    3) If Israel kills civilians deliberately, why Hamas asks Gaza citizens to stay at homes in order to protect them? Maybe Hamas thinks Israel doesn’t bomb populated regions?
    4) While most of you agree that the photo from Sderot shows Israelis watching the bombing of Gaza is not moral, do you think that Palestinians celebrating the missile attacks is moral?
    5) Do you think Hamas allows freedom of speech in Gaza?
    6) With so many evidences and so many videos and testimonies, why Palestine doesn’t appeal to the ICC?

    I have many more questions, but I think the above are enough. I appreciate honest answers, not “but you are doing the same…” (which most of you agree).

    • seafoid on July 16, 2014, 1:00 pm

      There is no gay pride parade in Gaza. Instead there is Jewish nihilism.
      3 UNRWA centers report viral meningitis. The Israelis have destroyed the water delivery sustem and the last time they destroyed the sewage system.
      Gaza will be unlivable in 6 years.

      Genocide.
      Followed by global anti-Semitism.

    • justicewillprevail on July 16, 2014, 5:26 pm

      So on a thread about Israel attacking hospitals you have nothing to say, except a load of whataboutery. Did you make up all the rhetorical questions yourself or is this the latest feeble hasbara advice?
      thankyou and goodbye.

    • talknic on July 16, 2014, 9:16 pm

      @ MahaneYehude1

      “While most of you agree that Israel commits war crimes and most of you blame only Israel in the situation”

      Who should one blame for Israel’s war crimes? New Zealand?

      “Until today, after one week of the operation I didn’t hear your opinions in the following subjects”

      Strange. These topics have been covered extensively for YEARS

      “1) Do you think that missile attacks on Israeli cities and towns are war crimes?”

      The occupied are allowed armed resistance against “Israel, the Occupying Power” and allowed to bombard cities and towns protected by the Israeli military // Laws of War, Art. 25. The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.//

      “2) Do you think that firing missiles from populated regions in Gaza strip is moral?”

      Why would it be immoral? Israel NEEDS them to fight from their towns, villages, cities, its a LEGAL pre-requisite for attacking Palestinians // Laws of War, Art. 25. The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.//

      BTW the Palestinians don’t have the necessary shiny new high tech human slaughtering equipment Israel has to take the war to the ocean or the skies or from some safe cyber war room. No airplanes, war ships from which to fight the Occupying Power, no satellite surveillance to help them target Israeli military

      “3) If Israel kills civilians deliberately, why Hamas asks Gaza citizens to stay at homes in order to protect them?”

      A) ALL of Gaza is a war zone!
      B) Where is there to flee to when ALL the crossings are closed under the 2005 agreement and the Egypt/Israel Peace treaty by the “Israel, the Occupying Power”? It is BTW illegal to prevent civilians from fleeing a war zone //Geneva Convention 1V…Section II..Occupied territories..Art49…The Occupying Power shall not detain protected persons in an area particularly exposed to the dangers of war unless the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand. //
      C) Please quote verbatim Hamas asking Gaza citizens to stay at homes in order to protect them. thx …. I’ll wait…
      Meanwhile that shiny new ziopuke meme fails as spectacularly as the rest of their bullsh*t

      First, the ministry calling all our people not to deal or pay attention to the psychological warfare carried out by the occupation through rumors that broadcast across his media and delivering publications and communications on the phones of citizens, and the lack of response for each of these means, which aims to weaken the domestic front in light of great steadfastness of our people to face the aggression. link to moi.gov.ps

      Zionist weasel worded failures are so cute!
      “4) While most of you agree that the photo from Sderot shows Israelis watching the bombing of Gaza is not moral, do you think that Palestinians celebrating the missile attacks is moral?”

      What’s the difference except that the Israelis are safer in Sderot from the Palestinians than they are from dying of obesity

      “5) Do you think Hamas allows freedom of speech in Gaza?”

      Irrelevant. BTW Freedom of speech is not protected by law in Israel. As a matter of fact Israel has never even had a legally elected govt, under the mandatory and promised constitution

      “6) With so many evidences and so many videos and testimonies, why Palestine doesn’t appeal to the ICC?”

      Catch up spud. Potatos left in the bag rot and stink almost as much as zionists’ pathetic excuses http://www.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/icc/structure%20of%20the%20court/office%20of%20the%20prosecutor/comm%20and%20ref/pe-cdnp/palestine/Pages/palestine.aspx

      “I appreciate honest answers”

      The record shows you don’t

      • Penfold on July 16, 2014, 9:41 pm

        “Who should one blame for Israel’s war crimes? New Zealand?”

        Hey leave us out of this, it is not a war crime to hammer Australians where ever possible it is just good ethics.
        :)

      • MahaneYehude1 on July 17, 2014, 3:21 am

        @talknic;

        “I appreciate honest answers” The record shows you don’t

        OK, now I appreciate your honest reply!!

        C) Please quote verbatim Hamas asking Gaza citizens to stay at homes in order to protect them. thx …. I’ll wait…

        You don’t have to wait. several days ago, I linked to two different videos: one is about the Palestinian envoy opinion about the missile attacks and the second is about Hamas asking Gaza citizens to stay at homes in order to protect them. I didn’t receive even not one reply deals with those videos. The only replies were about the level of my English. Unfortunately, you wrote one of those null replies. Any way, thanks for your current reply.

    • eljay on July 16, 2014, 9:48 pm

      >> MY1: While most of you agree that Israel commits war crimes and most of you blame only Israel in the situation, most of you also ignore the other side and don’t deal with its activities honestly.

      What Zio-supremacists like you, Potato-man, never deal with honestly is the fact that your oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel, born of terrorism and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes and lands:
      – remains engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder against Palestinians;
      – refuses to halt this campaign and withdraw to within its / Partition borders;
      – refuses to honour its obligations under international law;
      – refuses to accept responsibility and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
      – refuses to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

      In his basement bunker, the serial rapist continues with impunity to abuse his victims, but instead of insisting on stopping the rapist and holding him accountable for his crimes, you, Potato-man, prefer to “deal honestly” with the slaps and punches his victims throw at him.

    • joecatron on July 17, 2014, 3:51 am

      “Do you think that missile attacks on Israeli cities and towns are war crimes?”

      As far as I can tell, the one real war crime, on which all others are contingent, is losing. Or have I missed a winner in the docks?

      “Do you think that firing missiles from populated regions in Gaza strip is moral?”

      We should demand that Israel allow the return of ethnically-cleansed Palestinian refugees so there will be unpopulated regions to use instead.

      “Maybe Hamas thinks Israel doesn’t bomb populated regions?”

      They’re all populated regions, on account of that whole ethnic cleansing thing.

  6. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 16, 2014, 12:09 pm

    Israel murdered 4 boys on a beach today, all from the same family.

    According to the Guardian’s Peter Beaumont – whose ‘coverage’ of Palestine read like something from the hasbara handbook until he saw the reality for himself – the gunner seems to have deliberately targetted the boys. Note how many of the war-room recruits seek to challenge him and even justify the killings.

    https://twitter.com/petersbeaumont/status/489422197543665664

  7. iResistDe4iAm on July 16, 2014, 9:29 pm

    War criminals should never be trusted.

    During the 2009 Gaza massacre, 29 members of the Samouni family were obliterated when Israeli soldiers ordered 100 people into one house and then bombed it.
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/family-who-lost-29-members-in-gaza-war-we-envy-the-dead-1.5943

    In 2012, the Israeli commander who ordered the airstrike on the Samouni house got promoted to the rank of brigadier-general. Israel decided to investigate the case only after it was reported in the Goldstone Report.
    http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=251907

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