An Israeli strike on a Gaza park killed 10 people Monday, nine of them children as the violence raged on despite Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Gaza park attack happened as children played on a swing in the Shati
refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City, said Ayman Sahabani, head of the
emergency room at nearby Shifa hospital. Sahabani said nine of the 10
killed at the park were children under the age of 12 and 46 were
The strike on the park occurred a few minutes after
the hospital's outpatient clinic was hit, leaving several people
wounded. Camera crews were prevented from filming the area of impact at
Gaza's police operations room, Civil Defense and
Sahabani blamed the attacks on Israeli airstrikes. The Israeli military,
on the other hand, has denied its forces were responsible for the
attack on the hospital and the nearby park, saying rockets misfired by
Palestinian militants were to blame.
Gaza's Interior Ministry
spokesman Eyad al-Bozum said he believes that shrapnel found in dead
bodies and in the wounded is evidence of Israel's role in the incident.
occupation claims that Palestinian rockets hit the hospital and the
park," he said. "This is an attempt to cover their ugly crime against
children and civilians, and because of their fear of scandal and
international legal prosecution."
In a text message, Hamas
spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called the strike on the park a "massacre."
The Hamas military wing said that in response to the strike, it fired
three rockets toward the Israeli port city of Ashdod.
military on Monday also ordered residents of parts of northern Gaza to
evacuate towards central Gaza City, a sign that Israel may be
broadening its assault. The areas warned included Shijaiyah, which saw
one of the bloodiest days of fighting last week.
Israeli jets struck several sites in Gaza and rockets continued to fall
on Israel, the Israeli military said, disrupting a relative lull.
Israel, meanwhile, the military said a mortar attack on southern
Israel caused "deaths and injuries," but did not disclose further
details. Israeli media reported that the attack killed at least four
people, which saw military helicopters rushing stretchers away to local
Israel says it launched its war on Hamas July 8 to
halt incessant rocket fire from Gaza. It later broadened the assault
into a ground offensive, which is meant to tackle Hamas' network of
tunnels which Israel sees as a major threat.
The United Nations
on Monday called for an "immediate" cease-fire in the fighting that has
already killed over 1,040 Palestinians, 43 Israeli soldiers and three
civilians on the Israeli side. On Sunday, President Barak Obama
telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to push for an
immediate end to the conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu spoke with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, according to a statement
from his office, in which he voiced his dismay with the UN
announcement. "It does not include a response to Israel's security
needs and the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip," he said.
Attack on Gaza park kills 10, most children, on first day of Eid
The father of a Palestinian boy reacts following his death at a hospital in Gaza City on Monday. (Photo: Reuters).
July 28, 2014, Monday/ 18:04:39/ AP WITH TODAYSZAMAN.COM / ISTANBUL