In a recent escalation of the ongoing conflict, a rocket has struck the child and development center of an Israeli hospital in Ashkelon. This attack comes as Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched fresh assaults on the region.
Rocket Hits Barzilai Medical Centre’s Child Development Wing
A disturbing video from Ashkelon reveals that the Child Development wing of the Barzilai Medical Centre was hit by a rocket, causing significant damage to part of the building. A representative from the center confirmed, “The child development center at the Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon suffered a direct hit by a projectile from Gaza.” Dr. Gili Givati, the Deputy Director, stated, “The development center was completely destroyed.”
Supermarket Also Targeted in Attack
Additionally, at least one rocket struck a supermarket during the attack. Images from the scene depict shattered windows and wrecked vehicles as a result of the onslaught.
Residents Seek Shelter Amidst Multiple Attacks
Residents of Ashkelon have been taking shelter throughout the day as air raid sirens sounded during multiple rocket attacks. While Israel’s Iron Dome system typically intercepts many of the rockets, the sheer volume of rockets launched can sometimes overwhelm the defense system.
Israel’s Response and Preparations
In retaliation to the continuous rocket attacks, Israel has initiated hundreds of airstrikes on Gaza, demolishing entire buildings that they claim are associated with Hamas. Furthermore, Gaza is now under a “complete siege” with Israel obstructing the supply of food, water, and fuel to the enclave, which houses approximately 2.2 million people. Israeli tanks and other armored vehicles have been amassing along the Gaza border, signaling preparations for a potential large-scale ground offensive that could involve up to 300,000 reservists.
Original article source: The Express