- Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah, Gaza, was hit by Israeli tank shells today – destroying third and fourth floors
- Hospital patients were pictured lying injured or dead in building’s corridors while their distraught relatives wept
- At least four people were killed and 60 wounded in the shelling, with hospital beds and equipment also damaged
- It is latest attack in 13-day conflict which has so far claimed the lives of at least 550 Palestinians, claim officials
- Today, photo of Palestinian boy in Gazan hospital shone spotlight on deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas
- Killed in conflict are said to include the son, daughter-in-law and two small grandchildren of senior Hamas leader
- Israeli military says 13 soldiers have been killed in fighting with Hamas militants
- But Hamas fighters claim to have captured an Israeli soldier during fighting in the Gaza Strip
These are the horrific scenes at Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza strip, which was hit by Israeli tank shells today.
At least four people were killed and a further 60 wounded in the shelling, while hospital beds, chairs and equipment were severely damaged.
Doctor Fayez Zidane, said the third and fourth floors and the reception area were destroyed, leading to patients being evacuated to the lower floors.
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Blaze: Smoke rises from Al Shejaeiya, east Gaza City, during a military operation last night. The death toll now stands at least 550 Palestinians, health officials claim
Patients: A woman cries as she speaks on the phone at Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, which was hit by Israeli tank shells today
Wounded: This photo of the aftermath of the shelling shows a man lying wounded beneath a hospital sink; his head wrapped in a towel and his feet soaked with blood
In pain: At least four people were killed and a further 60 wounded in the shelling, while hospital beds, chairs and equipment were damaged. Above, an injured patient
Distraught: The relatives of a patient killed in the Israeli army shelling are pictured clinging on to each other as they weep for their loved one
Another life lost: The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has reached at least 550, Gaza health officials said
One photo of the aftermath of the shelling shows a man lying wounded beneath a hospital sink; his head wrapped in a towel, his knees bandaged and his feet soaked with blood.
Another features a woman, who is sat on a bench cradling a baby, crying on the phone as she looks at the devastation around her.
It is the latest attack in the 14-day conflict that has so far claimed the lives of at least 550 Palestinians and left a staggering 3,350 wounded, according to Gaza health officials. Twenty Israelis, including 18 soldiers, have also been killed and several dozen wounded, including soldiers.
Today, a photo of a desperate Palestinian boy was released that captured the tragic and bloody tension of the conflict in Gaza.
Badly wounded and screaming for his father, the youngster was pictured clutching at the shirt of a paramedic who was attempting to lay him flat on a hospital bed.
The Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian publication, reported the photo, taken at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City last Thursday, was captioned with the boy’s desperate cry: ‘I want my father, bring me my father’, according to Fairfax.
Destroyed: A Palestinian employee inspects damages at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, after the building was shelled today
Evacuation: Doctor Fayez Zidane, said the third and fourth floors and the reception area were destroyed, leading to patients being evacuated to the lower floors
Rescue operation: It is the latest attack in the 14-day conflict that has so far claimed the lives of at least 550 Palestinians and left a staggering 3,350 wounded
Another attack: Palestinian medics tend to a boy who they said was wounded in an Israeli shelling, at a hospital, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today
Frontline: Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery cannons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel’s border with the coastal Palestinian enclave today
Armed: World efforts to broker a ceasefire in war-torn Gaza gathered pace as Israel pressed a blistering 14-day assault on the enclave today
Conflict: An Israeli soldier puts his fingers in his ears as a tank fires artillery shells towards the Gaza strip today (left), while Israeli soldiers patrol the town of Sderot after a group of Hamas militants was detected infiltrating into Israel (right)
The Palestinian paper claims the young boy was one of four siblings brought to the hospital wounded, two of them just three years old.
It comes as grinning Israeli tank commanders were pictured flashing the victory signs as they blast their way through Gaza in the bloodiest day of the offensive so far – as one resident of the troubled region said: ‘The gate of hell has opened.
As Israeli airstrikes continued to pound Gaza on Monday, rescue workers near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis were digging out bodies from a home flattened in one of the strikes overnight, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health ministry official.
Al-Kidra said the Palestinian death toll from the two-week offensive stood at 508 as of Monday morning, including 20 bodies that were found at the site in Khan Younis. Two people were pulled alive from the rubble, he added.
Elsewhere in Gaza, Israeli tanks opened fire on the home of the Siyam family west of Rafah in the southern part of the strip, killing 10 people, including four young children and a 9-month-old baby girl, al Kidra said.
Patrol: Israeli soldiers patrol near the town of Sderot. The Israeli military said 10 infiltrators were killed after being detected and targeted by Israeli aircraft
Victim: The coffin of killed Israeli soldier Amotz Greenberg at his funeral in the cemetery of Hod Hasharon in Israel
Grief: Israeli soldiers of the Paratroopers Brigade mourn over the grave of Sgt. Bnaya Rubel during his funeral
Israeli soldiers flash the victory sign on their armoured personnel carrier (APC) at an army deployment near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip
Funeral: The brothers and sisters of slain 20-year-old Israeli Staff Sergeant Moshe Melako of the Golani Brigade, who was killed during fighting in the Gaza Strip yesterday
Protest: Moroccans activists shout slogans, in Rabat, Morocco, yesterday during a demonstration to protest against the Israeli army’s shelling in the Gaza strip
Activists: Pro-Israeli activists take part in a rally in support of Israel in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the 14th day of the Gaza conflict. At least 550 people have now died
Explosion: Smoke rises after an Israeli shelling at the Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, today. The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip has signalled that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel’s defense minister pledged to keep fighting ‘as long as necessary’, raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks
Meanwhile, the Israeli military said it foiled a Hamas infiltration attempt today through two tunnels leading from northern Gaza into southern Israel.
Earlier today, the top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel’s defense minister pledged to keep fighting ‘as long as necessary’ – raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks.
In New York, the U.N. Security Council expressed ‘serious concern’ about Gaza’s rising civilian death toll and demanded an immediate end to the fighting following an emergency session.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were heading to Cairo today to try to end the deadliest conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers in just over five years.
Meanwhile, cross-border fighting continued unabated, with Israeli strikes leaving entire families buried under rubble and Hamas militants firing more than 50 rockets and trying to sneak into Israel through two tunnels, the latest in a series of such attempts.
An injured Palestinian child is brought to al-Najar hospital following the Israeli air strike in Rafah, Gaza Strip. The casualties have mounted during the Israeli attacks on Gaza
At least 20 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli shelling in a Gaza neighbourhood, where bodies were strewn in the street and thousands fled toward the hospital packed with wounded civilians
The mass casualties in the Shejaia district in northeast Gaza appeared to be the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the Palestinian territory on July 8
This afternoon, Israeli fighter planes struck homes across Gaza, burying at least three families under the rubble in at least four cases, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Palestinian health official.
In one of the strikes, nine members of a single family were killed in Gaza City, he said. In another, 10 people of a family were killed in the southern Gaza Strip.
Rescuers going through the wreckage of a house targeted late Sunday also retrieved 28 bodies in the town of Khan Younis, including at least 24 from the Abu Jamea family, according to al-Kidra and a local human rights group.
‘Doesn’t this indicate that Israel is ruthless?’ said family member Sabri Abu Jamea. ‘Are we the liars? The evidence is here in the morgue refrigerators. The evidence is in the refrigerators.’
The Israeli military said 10 Hamas infiltrators were killed after being detected and targeted by Israeli aircraft. Hamas also fired 50 more rockets at Israel, including two at Tel Aviv, causing no injuries or damage. Since the start of the Israeli operation, Hamas has fired almost 2,000 rockets at Israel.
An injured Palestinian family cram into a car as they arrive at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Early this morning, the wounded from Shijaiyah were rushed to Gaza City’s central Shifa Hospital
A Palestinian woman wearing clothes stained with the blood of other relatives, who medics said were wounded in Israeli shelling, cries at a hospital in Gaza City
A Palestinian carries a wounded girl in the emergency room of Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip
Israel says it is going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties and blames them on Hamas, accusing it of firing from within residential neighborhoods and using civilians as ‘human shields’
A Palestinian woman, who fled her house following an Israeli ground offensive, stays at a United Nations-run school in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. At least 20 Palestinians were killed on Sunday by Israeli shelling in a Gaza neighbourhood, witnesses and health officials said
Palestinians look at the rubble of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in what appeared to be the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the Palestinian territory on July 8
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said the Gaza military operation would have no time limit.
‘If needed we will recruit more reservists in order to continue the operation as long as necessary until the completion of the task and the return of the quiet in the whole of Israel especially from the threat of the Gaza Strip,’ Yaalon told a parliamentary committee.
Israel accepted an Egyptian call for an unconditional cease-fire last week, but resumed its offensive after Hamas rejected the proposal.
Hamas says that before halting fire, it wants guarantees that Israel and Egypt will significantly ease a seven-year border blockade of Gaza.
Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in Gaza, signaled today that Hamas is sticking to its position. He said the aim of the battle is to break the 7-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory.
The blockade was imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas overran Gaza in 2007. Over the past year, Egypt has further tightened restrictions, driving Hamas into a deep financial crisis.
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards Gaza. Militants have kept up their rocket fire on Israel, with no sign of a diplomatic breakthrough toward a ceasefire in sight
An Israeli artillery fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel’s border with the Strip
Israel launched the ground operation late Thursday after hundreds of airstrikes on the Hamas-ruled territory failed to halt unrelenting rocket fire that has increasingly targeted major Israeli cities
Israel says it has encountered little resistance on the ground so far, and has killed about 20 militants in sporadic gun battles. Three soldiers were wounded in overnight fighting, one seriously, the military said
Haniyeh said in a televised speech that ‘we cannot go back, we cannot go back to the silent death’ of the blockade. He said all of Gaza’s 1.7million residents shared this demand. ‘Gaza has decided to end the blockade by its blood and by its courage,’ he said. ‘This unjust siege must be lifted.’
Hamas remains deeply suspicious of the motives of the Egyptian government, which has banned the Muslim Brotherhood, a region-wide group to which Hamas also belongs.
Israel invaded Gaza late last week, preceded by a 10-day air campaign. Air and artillery strikes have targeted Gaza’s border areas in an attempt to destroy tunnels and rocket launchers.
‘If needed we will recruit more reservists in order to continue the operation as long as necessary until the completion of the task’Moshe Yaalon, Israeli Defense Minister
Yesterday marked the single deadliest day in Gaza since the conflict erupted on July 8, with more than 100 Palestinians killed, according to Palestinian health officials.
Most died in the first major ground battle of the conflict, in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood, which Israel says is a major source for rocket fire against its civilians.
Yesterday evening, Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri in Gaza claimed his group had captured an Israeli soldier. An announcement on Gaza TV of the soldier’s capture set off celebration in the streets of West Bank. But there was no official confirmation or denial of the claim in Israel. Earlier, the Israeli ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, said the Hamas claim was untrue.
For Israelis, a captured soldier would be a nightmare scenario. Hamas-allied militants seized an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid in 2006 and held him captive in Gaza until Israel traded more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, some of whom were involved in grisly killings, for his return in 2011.