30th July 2010, 11:30pm
Major bomb attack in central Gaza City
At around 11:30pm Friday night, ‘The Arafat Compound’ Police College was bombed by Israeli F-16s, in the area of ‘Al Montada’ injuring 17 people, 3 seriously. 3 children were also among the injured. We felt the enormous impact of the bomb in a nearby café, the massive explosion shaking buildings and smashing windows.
The power of the bomb was described by a Gazan resident as a rocket of over a ton in weight, the likes of which had not been seen frequently since the horrific three week bombing over the new year of 2009. As well as reports of other bombings near the Gaza City port there were also rocket attacks on Deir el Belah and Rafah.
Those first at the scene described building debris and burned out cars, one man had been severely injured to the eyes and head by shrapnel from the bomb.
When we arrived at Shifa hospital there were scenes of chaos as loved ones were not allowed inside to visit while the patients were being treated, intermittently more of the injured arrived amidst a flood of waiting media. Others had arrived at the hospital with psychological trauma caused by the enormous impact of the bomb, some were confused such that they couldn’t describe whether they had an injury or not. Many had been reminded of the attacks during operation Cast Lead when 300 F-16 bomb attacks took place during the first 2 minutes of the campaign, the operations sent terror through the Gaza Strip and killed over 1400 people, including over 400 children.
Israel’s attack late Friday night followed a rocket that landed in Askelon, Southern Israel that caused no injuries, suspected of being fired by small militant factions in Gaza.