30 December, 2008
The Israeli shelling caused massive damage in GCMHP Headquarter in Gaza
At about 1:50 am of Tuesday December 30th, 2008, the Israeli F16
Airplanes shelled a Palestinian police site in Gaza, which is 70 meters
away from GCMHP�s Main Building in Sheikh Ejleen on Gaza Beach. The
shelling was part of the vicious military attacks that the Israeli Army
launched over Gaza since December 27th, 2008.
This harsh shelling caused massive destruction in the main building of
GCMHP, where walls and fore ceilings cracked completely and partially.
Extreme damage reached the furniture, equipments, electrical and
electronic devices as well as the files and documents that were in the
four floors building, which contains offices, training halls, main
library, and financial and administrative departments.
Luckily, the guard, who was in the premises, was not harmed. However,
he was in a state of panic due to the strength of explosions.
As a result, the tremendous destruction to the building and its
contents and equipments will force GCMHP to suspend its operations for
some time, due to necessity for renovation, before resumption of work.
A number of management staff and Board of Directors visited the
Programme to evaluate the damages and make arrangements that ensures
the protection of the building in these difficult times that Gaza is
Gaza Community Mental Health Programme denounces this brutal action and
the attacks that target everything in Gaza. We, call upon the
international community to urgently intervene and make all their
efforts to protect Palestinian civilians and institutions in Gaza,
which are under real danger of death and destruction.
Gaza Community Mental Health Programme
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