Al-Aqsa Hospital hit as strikes on Gaza’s medical facilities continue

By Mohammed Omer | Middle East Eye

Latest strike on hospital and ambulances wreaks havoc on an already stretched medical infrastructure

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza – At least five Palestinians were killed and 70 others injured on Monday by several Israeli tank shells fired by at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

The bombing carried on throughout much of the day, and according to hospital sources continued well into the evening.

One patient was killed while patients, visitors and hospital staff were among those injured and some 20 medical workers caught up in the shelling, said Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra, head of public relations at the Health Ministry in Gaza.

The strike has left the hospital unable to receive or treat medical cases, with ambulances forced to try to ferry the wounded to other facilities.

However, two ambulances which tried to move the wounded to Shifa hospital, in Gaza City, were then also hit by tank shells.

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