Relatives mourn during the funeral of nine members of the Siam family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike that destroyed their house. Photo: AFP
Israeli tanks have reportedly shelled a hospital in Gaza, killing at least four people and wounding 60, half of whom were medical staff.
A Palestinian health official said that 12 shells had been fired at the Al Aqsa hospital in the town of Deir el-Balah, striking parts of the building that included the intensive care unit and the surgery department.
The wounded were shown in live footage from Hamas's local TV station in Al Aqsa being moved on gurneys to the emergency department.
The health official, Ashraf al-Kidra, told the Associated Press that 30 of those hurt were working as medical staff at the hospital.
Palestinian Civil Defence workers search for survivors amidst the rubble of a building destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City. Photo: AFP
The Israeli military said it was looking into the report, which came from a different part of Gaza to the Al Wafa hospital that was damaged by missile fire last week.
A doctor at the hospital, Fayez Zidane, told the Al Aqsa station that shells hit the third and fourth floor as well as the reception area.
"There is still shelling against the hospital," he said. He said he found bits of a rocket, presumably from one of the projectiles.
The reported strikes on the hospital came as the Palestinian death toll across Gaza rose to 548, with more than 3,100 wounded, since 8 July, officials said.
Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah, late yesterday, after Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, claimed it had captured an Israeli soldier during fighting in the Gaza Strip. Photo: AFP