Swedish Church-funded clinic hit in Gaza
AFP/The Local · 12 Jan 2009, 06:34
Published: 12 Jan 2009 06:34 GMT+01:00
"The clinic is totally destroyed including its equipment and medical supplies," Christer Åkesson of the Church of Sweden's international operations said of Saturday's attack in a statement.
"Shortly before a missile hit the building where the clinic is located the Israeli air force fired a warning shot so everybody inside could flee," the Church said.
"Shortly after that the army totally destroyed the building."
Until Israel's anti-Hamas offensive which began on December 27 the building housed a maternity clinic which was then changed into an intensive care unit, she added.
Åkesson said there was no reason why the building should have become a target for an Israeli attack but she added: "A Hamas leader had his home in the neighbourhood."