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Israel’s Retaliatory Attack Flattens Said Al-Mis’hal Cultural Center

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9 August 2018


At 5:40pm on Thursday, 9 August 2018, Israeli drone operators fired six missiles at the building that houses the Said Al-Mis'hal Institute for Culture and Science. About 35 minutes later, Israeli warplanes were used to bombard the building with three large missiles, which resulted in the total destruction of the five-story building. At least 24 persons were injured in the airstrikes; of them are four children, four women, and one a journalist. Doctors at Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City described their injuries as light. Tens of houses and apartments in the vicinity of the building also sustained substantial damages. The Al-Mis'hal Institute was founded in 1996 to promote cultural development by providing space, resources, and opportunities for creative children and young people in Gaza. Built on 400 square meters in the west of Gaza City, the cultural center was opened in 2004 with a theater, conference hall, library and digital library, research and study center, and computer labs. It also has halls to host fine art exhibitions. The building hosted the office of the Egyptian delegation.