Thursday, January 8, 2009

Israel Threatens to Bomb Hospital

"Israel threatens to bomb Al-Shefa hospital

A Palestinian baby wounded in Israeli shelling being treated at Shefa hospital

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Israeli occupation army that launches a monstrous military aggression on Gaza Strip has threatened to reduce Al-Shefa hospital to rubbles, alleging that Hamas leaders were hiding inside it.

The hospital is considered the biggest hospital in the tiny Strip where hundreds of patients are lying. Dr. Muaweya Abu Hassanein, the director of the emergency department in the hospital categorically denied the Israeli allegations, affirming that no Hamas leaders is using the hospital as a hideout, warning at the same time that if Israel carried out its threat, thousands of Palestinians in and around the hospital could be killed.

The hospital, and other smaller hospitals and clinics were previously shelled by the Israeli warplanes and tanks, stressed Hassanein. He also denied Israeli claims that medicine and medical supplies had arrived to Gaza hospitals.

The Hebrew Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper quoted on Wednesday Israeli military officers as alleging that Hamas leaders were using tunnels under the hospital to hide and run the show, and that they were using sick Palestinians as "human shields".

At least nine Palestinian paramedics and doctors were killed in Israeli shelling of the tiny Strip, and addition to destroying 11 ambulances and a number of the civil defense vehicles.