PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 21: ‘ Fighting, Missiles, Rockets and Gaza’s Main Hospital and Refugee Camp Gets Hit Killing at Least 10 and Injuring Dozens ‘
#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – July 28 – Missiles or rockets struck within yards of Gaza’s main hospital and a nearby refugee camp Monday, leaving at least 10 dead and dozens more wounded.
The Israeli military denied initial reports that its forces were responsible for the strikes, saying instead that the bombing was the result of rockets misfired by Palestinian militants — while Hamas cast blame back at Israel.
The explosion near Shifa Hospital around 5 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) caused some damage to the outpatient clinic, according to witnesses including an NBC News crew on the ground in the area.
Two people were injured at the hospital, according to medical officials.
Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants continued Monday despite a major Muslim holiday and a resolution passed in the United Nations Security Council calling for an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire in the Middle Eastern region.
USA Today reports that Ayman Sahabani, the head of the emergency room at Shifa Hospital, reported dozens were injured in the blast at the park in the Shati refugee hospital. Several more people were injured when the hospital was struck.
Sahabani and Gaza police blamed Israeli missiles for the incident, while Israeli Defense Forces blamed Hamas. On its blog, IDF wrote, “Al-Shifa Hospital and Al-Shati Refugee Camp were struck by failed rocket attacks launched by Gaza Terrorists.”
The Associated Press notes that the Gaza park attack happened while children played on a swing in the refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City. Sahabani told the news agency that nine of the 10 people killed at the park were children under the age of 12. He added that 46 people were wounded in that incident.