dinsdag 29 juli 2014

Shifa ziekenhuis Gaza door raket terroristen getroffen

 

AFP had initially reported that seven children were killed when an Israeli missile slammed into the playground, citing a Palestinian doctor at the city’s main hospital. The missile was said to have struck a group of children running around at a public playground in the beachfront Shati refugee camp.

A short while later, a missile struck a building inside the compound housing Gaza’s largest hospital on Monday, Hamas medics and an AFP correspondent said. An AFP correspondent at the scene said a wall of a building inside the compound was damaged by a missile, which he said was fired by an Israeli drone.

However, the IDF denied that Israel was responsible for either attack, placing the blame on Gazan terrorists.

Je denkt misschien: waarom moet ik het Israelische leger geloven en niet het AFP of Hamas? Het leger is toch ook partijdig? Dat klopt, maar het Israelische leger liegt zelden (of eigenlijk bij mijn weten nooit) over operaties, aantallen slachtoffers aan eigen kant of bij de Palestijnen en wat ze heeft getroffen. Mij is niet één voorval bekend waar het leger betrokkenheid bij een bombardement ontkende en het later bleek toch zo te zijn. Dat is ook wel logisch, want het staat onder controle van een democratische rechtsstaat met wetten en onafhankelijke rechters en een hooggerechtshof en tientallen, zo niet honderden kritische NGO’s, en het heeft zelf gedetailleerde voorschriften voor de soldaten (IDF code of conduct).

Er ligt daarbij voortdurend een vergrootglas op Israel, een land waar buiten de VS de meeste buitenlandse journalisten zitten, die klaar staan om iedere fout en misstand uit te vergroten en zonder enige context op de voorpagina van hun krant te zetten. Wanneer de media melden dat Israel iets beweert en Hamas ontkent of omgekeerd, moet dat dan ook altijd in het achterhoofd worden gehouden. Van Hamas verwacht niemand iets, dat kan liegen en bedriegen wat het wil zonder dat dat enige consequentie heeft. Israel kan zich dat niet permitteren en doet dat dan ook niet. Daarom moet aan Israelische verklaringen over wat er is gebeurd en wat men al dan niet heeft gebombardeerd meer waarde worden gehecht dan aan wat Hamas daarover zegt.

RP

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IDF: Terrorists’ rockets hit Gaza hospital, refugee camp

http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-terrorists-rockets-hit-gaza-hospital-refugee-camp/

Palestinians report seven killed in missile strikes on building in medical compound

    July 28, 2014, 7:48 pm 

 

A Palestinian man, wrapped in his national flag, inspects the rubble of destroyed buildings and houses in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City, on July 28, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)

 

Gazan rockets and not Israeli missiles on Monday afternoon hit a playground in a Gaza City refugee camp and a building inside the compound housing its largest hospital, the IDF said.

Palestinian sources reported several people killed in the late-afternoon strikes, many of them children.

The IDF said the blasts were caused by Islamic Jihad terrorists who had misfired large missiles.

“A short while ago, terrorists in Gaza fired rockets at Israel. One of them hit Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. The other hit Al-Shati refugee camp,” read a tweet by the IDF Spokesperson.

AFP had initially reported that seven children were killed when an Israeli missile slammed into the playground, citing a Palestinian doctor at the city’s main hospital.

The missile was said to have struck a group of children running around at a public playground in the beachfront Shati refugee camp.

A short while later, a missile struck a building inside the compound housing Gaza’s largest hospital on Monday, Hamas medics and an AFP correspondent said.

An AFP correspondent at the scene said a wall of a building inside the compound was damaged by a missile, which he said was fired by an Israeli drone.

However, the IDF denied that Israel was responsible for either attack, placing the blame on Gazan terrorists.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Israel was responsible and vowed revenge. “The massacre of the children in the Shati refugee camp is a war crime and a result of international silence. Our spirits will not break, and the occupation will pay the price,” he said, according to Israel Radio.

In a statement issued shortly before the strike, the World Health Organization said it was “appalled” by the number of strikes on healthcare facilities and personnel.

“The World Health Organization has been appalled by the continuing trend for healthcare facilities, staff and vehicles to come under direct fire in Gaza since the escalation of violence on 8 July 2014,” a statement from the Geneva-based body said.

“It is vital for health facilities and staff to be able to perform their life-saving work without fear of attack,” it said, recalling that all parties are obliged under international humanitarian law “to “protect medical services.”

Statistics published by OCHA, the UN humanitarian agency, show that some 22 hospitals, clinics and medical centers have been hit and damaged by Israeli shelling since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8.

Both the OCHA statistics and the WHO statement do not address Israel’s claim that it has been able to identify rocket and other fire coming from the facilities, indicating the presence of fighters and ammunition there.

Israel accuses Hamas of using human shields, including in hospitals, to deter the IDF from attacking terror-related targets. When striking such sensitive targets, the IDF takes precautions to avoid civilian casualties, such as warning medical staff to evacuate civilians from the premises before striking them.

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Enkele updates van gisteren (28 juli) over het Shifa ziekenhuis:

 

17:42

‘Attack on hospital may have been from Hamas fire’

Channel 2 reports there are “indications” that the explosion in the area of Shifa hospital are the result of Hamas fire.

He says the blast may have been the result of a technical malfunction in an attempt to fire a long-range Fajr-5 rocket at central Israel from Gaza.

On the Gaza border, a Channel 2 reporter adds that the IDF has no immediate information on any firing by Israeli forces in the area.

17:52

IDF says it was not operating near hospital

A military source tells Channel 2 that the IDF was not operating in the area of the Shifa hospital when the attack occurred.

17:54

Camera crews barred from site of hospital blast

Camera crews are prevented from filming the area of impact at Shifa Hospital.

18:12

Shifa blast a failed Gaza rocket attack — IDF

The IDF denies involvement in the blast at the Shifa hospital in the Gaza Strip, stating that the site is “struck by failed rocket attacks launched by Gaza terrorists.”

Health official Ayman Sahabani says several people were wounded in the strike.

 AP


Palestinians report casualties in Al-Shati refugee camp blast

A Palestinian health official says at least 10 people are killed and 46 wounded in an Israeli strike on a park in the Gaza Strip at the al-Shati refugee camp.

Ayman Sahabani, the head of the emergency room at the Shifa hospital, which was also hit, gave the casualty toll in Monday’s strike.

The IDF maintains that the two incidents were the result of failed rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas operatives.

 AP and Times of Israel staff


18:36

Hamas rocket said to have 100 kg warhead

The Hamas Fajr-5 rocket aimed at central Israel, which was fired from a playground outside the Shifa hospital and exploded on the site causing casualties, had at least a 100 kg (220 lbs) warhead, Channel 2 reports.

18.43

Islamic Jihad behind Shifa explosion — IDF

The army says that the Islamic Jihad is responsible for the blast at the Shifa hospital and at a nearby playground in the Gaza Strip, according to Ynet.

19:42

Infiltration thwarted in southern Israel

Five terrorists infiltrate into Israel through a cross-border tunnel in southern Israel, Channel 2 reports.

Israeli troops locate the gunmen and kill them.

Sweeps of the area to ensure no other terrorists successfully infiltrated are ongoing.

This is the sixth attempt by Hamas to send terrorists into Israel through the tunnels this month.

The thwarted attack underlines that Hamas still has tunnels through which it can try to attack Israel, even though the IDF has located more than 30 such tunnels in the past week and a half.



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