Some Palestinians have accused Israeli soldiers of destroying their homes as they pulled back towards the border in the last 24 hours of their 22-day war on Gaza.
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna saw some of the evidence of what Palestinians describe as an Israeli scorched earth policy.
A large number of dignitaries showed up for the ceremony, including Health Minister Yacov Ben Yizri (Pensioners) and Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog (Labor), as well as their directors general, together with the director general of the Defense Ministry, Pinchas Buchris.
Herzog, who is also the coordinator of humanitarian affairs for the cabinet, said the clinic was not intended to clean the Israeli conscience. “Israel knows how to fight terror,” said Herzog, “but also knows how to be humane.”
Israeli officials seemed to be directing their words to world opinion, with Herzog repeating his words in English and Ben Yizri in French.