A man and his infant daughter were reported killed and Dr Majed Salha was critically injured as were a further four other civilians, due to an an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Israeli Armed Forces that hit the Al-Shawwa building on May 17th, 2021. The missiles reportedly damaged adjacent buildings such as the Al Remal clinic, the only central Covid-19 laboratory in Gaza. At least three medical personnel were reported injured in the incident.
Al Monitor stated that the bombing of Al-Wehda Street by Israeli forces “killed a man and his infant daughter, and wounded dozens of civilians and health personnel”. It is unclear if they are referring to the man and child killed in ISPT096, which occurred close by.
Local sources provided information on civilian casualties claiming that 12 civilians, including two workers from the Ministry of Health and Dr Majed Salha from the Al-Rimal clinic were injured and brought to the Al-Shifa Medical Complex. Some of the civilians were injured in the strikes that occurred nearby – through witness testimony we’ve identified at least seven civilians injured in ISPT097, putting the number of civilians injured in this event at five or more, including three health personnel.
A Gaza resident claimed: “I took my son and rushed to the building of the Ministry of Health, but the strike reached the building and four people, including two workers from the Ministry of Health, were injured.”
It was reported that Dr. Salha was in his office providing telemedicine advice when the airstrike hit the adjacent building. He was brought to the intensive care unit at Al-Shifa Medical complex, in which he spent several days. It was noted by local sources that he is the 6th doctor effected by Israeli airstrikes.
Sheab news published a statement by the undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Yousseff abu Al-Rish, stating that due to the airstrike medical consultations and medical care and Covid-19 related medical assistance have been paused.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Ashrad al-Quadra stated that services are suspended and a number of workers were injured.
The Middle East Eye concluded that the Al-Shawwa building was targeted by at least three missiles. Further local sources reported damage on adjacent buildings, such as an orphanage, a female high school, offices and Al Arabiya news added that the office of Qatar Red Crescent was also affected. All of the sources attributed the strikes to Israeli missiles.
Wim Zwijnenburg posted a geo-located assessment of the event, noting: “Geo-location of the Israeli air strike that damaged the Remal Clinic/Ministry of Health in #Gaza /Qatar Red Crescent Office, as noted by @ochaopt also shutting down #covid19 testing”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Dr Majed Salha Age unknown male injured
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Reports of the incident mention the Al Remal (الرمال) clinic being struck within the neighborhood of Al Remal (الرمال). According to research conducted by @wammezz, and as confirmed by our geolocators, the exact coordinates for this strike are: 31.519126, 34.450298.