Caritas hospital in Gaza forced to close

The Caritas Jerusalem medical centre in Gaza has closed owing to heavy clashes between Palestinian militias with snipers stationed throughout the area.

In his first hand report, Dr Bandalay Sayegh, Caritas Jerusalem's Gaza Medical Centre Director, says the situation in Gaza is one of extreme danger, Independent Catholic News reports.

According to media and first hand reports in the last 24 hours almost 20 people in Gaza have been killed due to internal violence between Palestinians in Gaza.

The Caritas Jerusalem Gaza Medical Centre is now closed due to very heavy clashes near their premises. All of the staff members of the medical centre are not able to reach the centre and have all stayed at home. Snipers have positioned themselves throughout the area.

Dr Bandalay reports that indiscriminate shelling of civilian properties is taking place due to the fighting. He said he heard that at least eight houses have been hit.

He reports that a relative was the victim of a shell that indiscriminately hit their kitchen and caused significant damage. Thankfully, he says, they were all in their bedroom at the time.

This current round of violence, which began last Thursday, has seen several dozen people killed.

It is clear, the Caritas statement says, that no one is safe in Gaza and that urgent steps must be taken by all parties to end the violence in Gaza.

Gaza: Caritas hospital forced to close as violence escalates (Independent Catholic News, 112/6/07)

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13 Jun 2007