Monday, 14 July 2014

Palestinians call for investigation into Israeli bombing of disabled centre

Several Palestinian civil society groups have called for an independent investigation into the Israeli bombing of the al-Mabarra Center for the Disabled in Jabalia which killed two residents and wounded four, who remain in the hospital with severe burns and shrapnel wounds.

The attack took place on the weekend, so only 5 of the 19 residents were there, while the rest were at home visiting their families. Among the wounded were Mai Hamada, 30, and Salwa Abu al-Qomssan, 53, the caretaker of the center, who had returned from morning prayers just minutes before the bombing.

The Guardian newspaper reported, after interviews with eyewitnesses, “It seemed a miracle that anyone could have survived a missile that exploded in the very centre of a room where a fin and part of its guidance system remained embedded in the concrete. A scorched bed stood to one side, damaged by the blast, which blew out the walls and left palm trees in the garden as truncated stumps standing among the rubble. ‘The bomb came straight through the roof’, said Mohammad Bahri, 22, who lives next door. ‘About 4.30am two drones fired warning shots and then the jet came in and bombed.’ more


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