ISM Activists Requested to Protect Gaza Hospital
ISM Activists Protect Gaza Hospital at Request of UNAIS and Hospital Director
The United Nations Association International Service (UNAIS) and the Medical Director of Al-Wasa Hospital have requested that the ISM send a team of activists to protect Al-Wasa Rehabilitation Hospital after it was attacked last night by the Israeli Army.
At 11.45 last night a house 70 metres from the hospital was destroyed by a missile fired from an Israeli attack helicopter.
At 12.15 two of the hospital's nurses were killed by Israeli soldiers who had occupied a residential building across the street. Abdul al-Karim Lobbad (21) and Omar Hassan (21) were both killed by a single bullet fired through a hospital window.
The hospital accommodates 50 patients with serious disabilities and cares for around 100 other patients on a day care basis. It is clearly marked as a hospital with signs that can be seen from 400 metres away.
The ISM is sending 3 volunteers from the UK and the US to provide an international presence in the hospital so that it can keep functioning.