El Wafa Hospital in Gaza threatened to be bombed by Israel
International activists remain in Gaza hospital threatened by Israeli missiles
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*International activists remain in Gaza hospital threatened by Israeli
Israel's army fired five warning missiles at El-Wafa geriatric hospital
in Gaza City, Gaza. International volunteers now staying in the hospital in
solidarity, have said they, "can hear missiles falling close by".
"The civilian population of Gaza is being bombed. We will stay with them in
solidarity until the international community and our governments take
action to stop Israel's crimes against humanity." States Swedish
International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, Fred Ekblad.
The volunteers are citizens of USA, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, France, UK,
Australia, and New Zealand. The first barrage of missiles hit the fourth
floor of the hospital at 2:00AM.
At approximately 19:00 a fifth missile hit the hospital. "Windows and doors
were blown out, broken glass everywhere, damage to the stairs, there is a
big hole at the impact area and the wall is burnt," reports Joe Catron, ISM
activist, from the U.S.
At around 20:00 Basman Alashi, executive director of the hospital, received
an unidentified call from a person with a, "heavy Israeli accent", asking
if there were any injuries, whether there was any one in the top floor, and
whether they were planning to evacuate the hospital.
Alashi says the hospital will not be evacuated because there is nowhere to
evacuate the patients too. "El-Wafa hospital serves the patients that need
medical attention 24 hours a day. Including patients that can't move, or
people who need to be fed by tube. This hospital is the only one in Gaza
specializing in the rehabilitation of people who need physical and
occupational therapy. All our patients are over 60 years old, men and
women. We don't understand why the Israeli forces have fired five rockets
at the hospital in the last 24 hours so far. We serve humanity."
*For more information contact:*
+972597406401 Ally Cohen, ISM Media Office (English)
+972592224699 Basman Alashi- executive director of El-Wafa hospital
Internationals in the hospital:
+972592224699 (ISM) Joseph Catron, USA (English)
+970595934842 Manu Pineda, Spain (Spanish)
+972595251720 Huda Julie Webb-Pullman, Australia and New Zealand (English)
+972595209679 (ISM) Fred Ekblad, Sweden (Swedish/English)
+972598345327 (ISM) Charlie, Sweden (Swedish/English)
+972595827070 Valeria Cortes, Venezuela (Spanish)
+972595176849 Rina Andolini, UK (English)
+972599759394 Collete Lechrien, France (French)
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