Still struggling to comprehend what I saw this morning: the Israeli airforce bombed a home for six disabled adults.
— peter beaumont (@petersbeaumont) July 12, 2014
— Alexander Marquardt (@MarquardtA) July 12, 2014
Gaza is one of the most heavily surveilled slices of land on planet earth. Extraordinarily difficult to strike targets in error.
— joseph dana (@ibnezra) July 12, 2014
AFP reports: Twenty-year-old Palestinian Sally Saqr lies in a hospital bed in Gaza’s Shifa hospital with burns that have turned her cheeks an angry pink beneath her ventilation tube.
She survived an Israeli strike in the early hours of Saturday morning that hit a care home for Palestinians with special needs.
Two of her fellow residents were not so lucky.
Thirty-year-old Ola Washahi and 47-year-old Suha Abu Saada were killed when the rocket slammed into the home, destroying it.
The two women’s body parts were still being pulled from the rubble hours later, causing initial confusion over whether another person had been killed.
The facility’s director, Jamila Alaywa, is unable to contain her fury as she describes the tragedy that has befallen the centre she set up in 1994.
“Both Ola and Suha had severe mental and physical handicaps, and had been living at the centre since it was founded,” she told AFP.
The building in northern Gaza’s Beit Lahiya housed 13 residents, including some who were on weekend visits at their family homes when the strike hit.
Five residents and a helper were inside, screaming in terror as the building collapsed around them.
“They didn’t understand what was happening and they were so frightened,” Alaywa said.
Al Jazeera adds: Saturday was the bloodiest day since the conflict erupted on Tuesday, with at least 52 Palestinians killed.
With the Palestinian death toll reached at least 154, and with no Israelis killed, the UN Security Council unanimously urged Israel and Hamas to respect “international humanitarian laws” and stop the loss of life.