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In Gaza, even hospitals can be targets

Hospital Safety Insider, July 24, 2014

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Hospital workers in the United States train on a regular basis for an emergency, but for the most part it’s taken for granted that a military attack is not one of the scenarios likely to occur.

As this report from CNN shows, however, life as a hospital worker in a war zone is a different story. Workers at Shuhada al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza had to scramble to move patients to safety July 21 when several artillery shells slammed into buildings at that facility. One patient and four people visiting the hospital, three of them children, were killed in the strike, the report said. At least 30 other were injured.

The shelling has become a common occurrence as violence continues to escalate between Hamas and Israel in the Middle East. According to the CNN report, Hamas has deliberately used hospitals and buildings around them to store weapons or build launching sites for their rockets.

 



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