Israeli Airstrike Damages Only COVID Testing Facility in Gaza

The Palestinian Authority reported that Gaza’s sole COVID-19 testing facility has been damaged by Israeli airstrikes forcing it to cease operations.

Yousef Abu al-Reesh, director of the Hamas-controlled health authority in Gaza said the facility was situated inside a health compound along with their offices and an outpatient clinic.

Al-Reesh said the building within the compound were severely damaged after Israeli airstrikes destroyed the Ghazi al-Shwwa residential building nearby.

“Targeting the Ministry of Health building, al-Remal Clinic, and the medical staff is a heinous crime aimed at preventing the ministry from continuing its humanitarian work in saving the lives of the wounded and providing health care to citizens,” said Al-Reesh.

The airstrikes came shortly after Israeli bombs killed two of Gaza’s senior doctors, including one of the officials leading the besieged territory’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The airstrikes which damaged the testing center came shortly after Israeli airstrikes killed two of Gaza’s senior doctors, including one of the officials leading the Palestinian territory’s COVID-19 response.


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