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“Of the 5000 injured [now above 6000] in Gaza, about 30% will be in need of rehabilitation, but there is no offer for them now”, al-Ashi said. He denied that the hospital was used for a military purpose as claimed by the IDF.

Israel says Hamas—which has ruled Gaza since 2007—and militant group Islamic Jihad use civilians as “human shields” and store weapons in schools, mosques, and hospitals. “Civilian casualties are a tragic inevitability of [Hamas’] brutal and systematic exploitation of homes, hospitals and mosques in Gaza”, the IDF said in a statement.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61125-9/fulltext – 7/31/2014.

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