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MOH Press Release: Another massacre, this time in Khan Younis

Ministry of Health Gaza
July 23, 2014

People fleeing by whatever means they can

People fleeing by whatever means they can

Another massacre is underway in Khan Younis, where relentless Israeli shelling and sniper fire are wreaking death and destruction on all that moves in the zone east of Khan Younis city.

The villages of Khuza’a, Al Fukhari, Abasan Alkabir, Abasan Al Sa’ir, Jarara, and Bani Suhela received no warning of the attacks, and no warnings to evacuate before the bombardment began at around 11pm last night.

The intensity of Israeli shelling around the Algerian Hospital in Abasan Alkabir shattered its windows, and led to its evacuation, leaving only the emergency department operational.

Despite residents’ frantic calls to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for help in finding a safe route and safe vehicles to escape, the ICRC was unable to get a response from Israeli authorities until dawn today, when five bodies and 17 injured were retrieved and taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

An unknown number of dead and injured remain behind, as ambulances are prevented access. Read more HERE


Gaza: Statement by Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva, 23 July 2014

Human Rights Council 21st Special Session:
Human Rights Situation in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Boy trapped in rubble, Gaza

Boy trapped in rubble, Gaza

Mr. President,

Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,

Excellencies,

The situation in the occupied Gaza Strip is critical for the civilians living there and requires your urgent attention. Since Israel announced its military operation “Protective Edge” on 7 July, Gaza has been subjected to daily intensive bombardment from the air, land and sea, employing well over 2,100 air strikes alone. The hostilities have resulted in the deaths of more than 600 Palestinians, including at least 147 children and 74 women.

This is the third serious escalation of hostilities in my six years as High Commissioner. As we saw during the two previous crises in 2009 and 2012, it is innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip, including children, women, the elderly and persons with disabilities, who are suffering the most. Read more HERE


PRESS RELEASE
Ministry of Health Gaza

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza is disappointed that US Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged to give a paltry USD $47 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza, while at the same time providing over 3 billion a year to Israel for the very weapons being used to create the crisis.

The brutal Israeli military assaults of the past two weeks, largely funded or equipped by the United States, have now killed 605 Palestinians and injured 3,805, over 76 percent of them in their homes.

Six hospitals and seven health clinics have been attacked, some multiple times, completely destroying one clinic and forcing the complete evacuation of two hospitals. The Blood Bank, ambulance stations and ambulance services have also been targeted, and 12 ambulances have been destroyed since July 6. (more…)


MOH Gaza Update 1900 hrs 22/07/2014

12 killed and 40 wounded when this Gaza City apartment block was targeted by an Israeli missile

12 killed and 40 wounded when this Gaza City apartment block was targeted by an Israeli missile

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Tuesday July 22, 2014.

Deaths: 622 – 160 children, 66 women 18-60 years, 35 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 3,993 – 1,213 children, 698 women 18-60 years, 161 over 60 years.
ICU: 104 patients (more…)


MOH Gaza Press Release: Another Israeli attack on a hospital, another war crime

PRESS RELEASE
MINISTRY OF HEALTH GAZA

What is left of the emergency room at Al Aqsa hospital (MEE- Eloise Bollack)

What is left of the emergency room at Al Aqsa hospital (MEE- Eloise Bollack)

July 21, 2014

The Ministry of Health Gaza strongly condemns today’s attacks on health facilities and personnel by the Israeli occupation forces, and expresses its deep concern at the serious implications for patients, health personnel and provision of critical medical care.

Israeli tanks attacked Al Aqsa hospital in Deir Al Balah three times this afternoon, killing five patients and doctors, and injuring more than 70.

The third and fourth floors, housing the emergency department, orthopaedic department, surgical department, and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) were destroyed. Operating theatres had to cease work because of the lack of oxygen. (more…)


Gaza’s martyrs have names

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The following list contains the name, age, place and date of death of the 453 people killed in Gaza to date. (more…)


Fawzi Barhoum on Shajaiyah, resistance and ceasefire

by Julie Webb-Pullman

The scene in many Shajaiyah homes today- entire families wiped out

The scene in many Shajaiyah homes today- entire families wiped out

Gaza is today reeling from the brutal massacre of scores of people in the Shajaiyah neighbourhood east of Gaza City. Israeli tanks relentlessly shelled the area overnight, cutting off electricity and water supplies. Families huddled together, unable to flee because of the danger.

As day broke 40,000 people fled, carrying whatever they could. Bodies began arriving at Shifa Hospital from dawn – some 70 bodies were brought in but scores more dead and wounded still lay in the streets.

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum today condemned the massacre.

“This is a war crime, why is there such a deafening silence from the world, from Egypt, from Mr Abbas, from the Arab countries? This encourages the occupation to continue such massacres,” he said in Gaza City.

Read more HERE


Gaza streets awash with blood

Shajaia martyrs filling the morgue

Shajaia martyrs filling the morgue

The early morning massacre of civilians in the Shajai’a neighbourhoood of Gaza City killed at least 40 and left at least 200 injured. An unknown number of dead and injured still lie in the streets, unable to be retrieved because of continuing Israeli fire.

Hundreds of houses have been destroyed.

This atrocity is a blatant war crime.

The international community, and particularly the United Nations, are stained with the blood of the dead.

Their inaction in two weeks of escalating crimes against humanity, their failure to take decisive action to bring the rogue state of Israel under control, make them not only complicit, but active partners in the genocide of the people of Shajai’a, and of Palestine.

And all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten their little hands.


Dignity or death – we cannot give up now

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Noor Abu Jarad, survived but 8 of her family were killed

Noor Abu Jarad, survived but 8 of her family were killed

Three families who had their lives turned upside down by Israeli missiles strikes on their homes and bodies are adamant they will not give up now – they have lost too much.

Far from frightening the Gazan people into submission, the cruel carnage unleashed on the civilian population by the Israeli military machine has only served to strengthen their resolve to resist, at whatever cost. When you hear their stories you may understand why.

See more HERE


Ministry of Health Gaza Update 19/07/2014

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1800 hours on Saturday July 19, 2014.

Deaths: 338 – 83 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 18 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 2,556 – 755 children, 463 women 18-60 years, 107 over 60 years.
ICU: 23 patients

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Read more HERE


Send medical aid for Gaza, TO Gaza, says Gaza Deputy Minister of Health

PRESS RELEASE
Ministry of Health Gaza

Gaza hospitals working with grossly inadequate resources

Gaza hospitals working with grossly inadequate resources

We ask all international donors to provide emergency medical assistance for the Gaza crisis DIRECTLY to Gaza, to ensure the needed drugs & equipment are promptly received by those for whom they are intended – the Gazan victims of the criminal Israeli offensive. Transparent and accountable systems are in place for this to occur. Read more HERE


Ministry of Health Gaza Update 16/07/2014

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1800 hours on Wednesday July 16, 2014:

Deaths: 213 – 46 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 13 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 1,623 – 474 children, 299 women 18-60 years, 56 over 60 years.
ICU: 21 patients (more…)


Why the Egyptian-Israel truce proposal falls on deaf ears

by Julie Webb-Pullman
Source: Middle East Monitor

No guarantee to open Rafah Crossing or lift the crippling siege

No guarantee to open Rafah Crossing or lift the crippling siege

The cynical ‘ceasefire’ chorus being sung by Israel and Egypt is merely yet another movement in the well-orchestrated Israeli-Egyptian three-penny opera.

The way in which the ‘negotiations’ were carried out was more farce than finale – Egypt wrote the libretto for the Israeli impresario, leaving the Palestinians in the wings.

The terms themselves are a three-act charade. The Israeli-Egyptian duet omits a core Hamas demand – any mention of the release of more than 50 Palestinian prisoners released in the 2011 Shalit swap who were re-detained during the recent West Bank ‘search’ for three missing Israeli settlers.

Nor does it commit to either re-open the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt, or to lift the crippling – and illegal – Israeli siege of Gaza, merely saying that “crossings shall be opened and the movement of persons and goods through (them) shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.” Both of these are core demands of the entire Palestinian resistance – Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP and everyone in between.

Any ceasefire that does not change the fundamental paradigm, a hermetically-sealed Gaza and a ‘normal Israel,’ will garner only encore after encore, as every previous performance has done. Read more HERE


Press Statement: Palestinian Independent Commission for the Prosecution of Zionist Occupation Crimes against Palestinians

Statement issued from the Palestinian Independent Commission for the Prosecution of Zionist Occupation Crimes against Palestinians

July 13, 2014

The Israeli occupation forces have used internationally prohibited weapons against civilians in the current war on Gaza. The continuous targeting of civilians by the Israeli occupation forces is a systematic policy in the war against the Gaza Strip, which has been going on for seven consecutive days. This has led to an increase in the number of martyrs (167) and wounded (1123), many of who are women and children. (more…)


Ministry of Health Gaza Update 15/07/2014

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1600 hours on Tuesday 15 July 2014:

Deaths: 192 – 39 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 11 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 1,481 – 422 children, 271 women 18-60 years, 51 over 60 years.
ICU: 21 patients

Read more here


Gaza: The heart of darkness

by Julie Webb-Pullman

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The horror, the horror.

Inescapable, enveloping infinite horror.

Arriving at Shifa hospital on Saturday I had to stand aside as a car drove through and stopped. A man approached it with the bright white body of a freshly-swaddled child, ready for burial.

I walked behind the car, straight into a group of men carrying a stretcher with what appeared to be a covered body. As they hurried past a bloodied limb fell onto the ground in front of me.

Young men sat against the building, their heads on their knees, sobbing.

This is Gaza.

On Sunday morning it was not just one car, but seven or eight lined up, waiting for their grisly cargo of crushed or blasted bodies and grief.

So many children, so many women, so many grandmothers and grandfathers chopped, minced, sliced, diced by the Israeli butchers and their US enablers.

So many homes reduced to rubble, not by some natural disaster but by the very unnatural, incredibly perverse and completely depraved man-made disaster called the state of Israel. (more…)


No truce: Israel is the aggressor, they must stop says Hamas

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesperson

Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesperson

Hamas spokesperson Fawzy Barhoum said today that the only way this “one-sided war” will end is when Israel stops bombing Gaza.

“We have sustained high numbers of casualties – over 100 civilians dead, 150 homes destroyed sometimes with families still inside them, we are the victims. We are defending our civilians from a massacre,” he said outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City early this afternoon.

“We are being attacked from the sea, from the air, from the land – there is massive destruction, and we have the right to defend our people from these attacks. There will be no ceasefire until the occupation stops its shelling of Gaza.” Read more here


The Gazan children behind the statistics

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Shaimah Al-Masri

Shaimah Al-Masri

Four year-old Shaimah was returning home from her aunt’s house with her mother, 17 year-old sister and 14 year-old brother Mohammed at midday. Suddenly a rocket from a drone directly targeted Mohammed, killing him instantly. As her mother ran to her son, another rocket slammed into her and Shaimah’s sister, killing them both.

Shaimah told her father, “A rocket killed my brother, then another one killed my mother and my sister, and I fell down on the ground.”

Shaimah suffered abdominal trauma, and has had major surgery to her spleen and liver. It is hoped she will make a full recovery.

Despite knowing what happened to her mother, she still calls for her, her aunt told me.

“I would like to send the Israeli’s a message,” she said. “As you love your children, so do we. As you do your best to protect your children, so do we. As your children can play and enjoy life, this is also the right of our children – to enjoy their innocent childhood.”

Read more here


Attacks on Al Wafa hospital: When moral capacity is absent, what then?

by Julie Webb-Pullman

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Four Israeli missiles smashed into Al Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital at 2am Friday, in what can only be described as a barbaric war crime. Israel calls it ‘roof knocking.’ It is usually the precursor to a major attack that destroys the building and all within it.

The 14 patients who remain in the facility are all high-dependency, and unable to be transferred elsewhere. Many are intubated, a quarter are comatose, most are fully or partially paralysed and unable to mobilise. They range in age from 13 years to over 80, and about half are in their 20’s and 30’s.

None of them are militants, resistance fighters, or terrorists. They are all, each and every one of them, civilians. Their injuries were sustained through illness (meningitis, stroke during childbirth) or accident (electrocution, drowning, traffic accident).

They cannot even lift a spoon, let alone a gun.

Yet they are the deliberate target of Israeli rockets and missiles, fired from drones and tanks. Read more here


Gaza hospitals in crisis, under attack

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Dr Nasr Al-Tatar

Dr Nasr Al-Tatar

Gaza’s hospitals are in crisis. No drugs, no disposables, no fuel to generate electricity. About the only thing they do have are staff and patients – and thanks to Israel’s current military offensive, there are plenty of the latter.

In the three days since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched, over 250 injured Palestinians have presented for emergency treatment to services lacking such fundamental basics as trolleys and emergency department beds.

Patients arrive in ambulances, vans, private cars, taxis – however they can get there – and are then carried, assisted, or struggle to walk into the emergency department for treatment.

So far 23 percent of them have been children and 18 percent women. These civilians were invariably in or near their homes when destruction rained down on them. Read more here


Israeli offensive backfires in Gaza

by Julie Webb-Pullman

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Behind each death statistic is a human tragedy. The neighbours who tried to form a human shield by gathering on the roof of the al-Kaware family home after a drone fired a warning flare, imagining that the presence of women and children would prevent the attack. It didn’t, and Abduallah Kaware, Mohammad Ashour, 13, Riyadh Kaware, Mahmoud Judeh, Bakir Mahmoud Judeh, 22, Ammar Mohammad Judeh, 22, and Hussein Mohammad Kaware, 14, were all killed. Read more here


Internationals in Gaza Against Israeli Escalations

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July 08, 2014

We as internationals have a voice that Palestinians are denied. We raise it today to break the silence that permits Israeli violations against Palestinian people, and against you, through Israel’s breaches of international law. (more…)


How do you shop in a war?

War or not, daily life must go on. Ramadan or not, mouths must be fed. Destroyed home or not, families must eat, sleep, bathe, survive. Israeli atrocities or not, children must be cared for, the sick tended to, the dead buried.

But how, when the air above sends a hail of missiles every five minutes, the sea and land around you explode with mortar fire and worse? When a trip to the corner shop becomes a death-defying exercise in what you need more – a pound of rice or a pound of flesh? (more…)


Turkish Ambassador commemorates Mavi Marmara victims in Gaza

Gaza Seaport today

Gaza Seaport today

Turkey and Palestinians stood together today to honour the ten Turks murdered by Israel aboard the Mavi Marmara aid ship headed for Gaza four years ago.

On the same day the Palestinian unity government is to be announced, Gaza-based Palestinian NGO House of Wisdom brought all factions together with Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Sarnic and Turkish aid agency IHH, owners of the Mavi Marmara, in a show of not only Palestinian, but Ummah unity.

The commemorative events began at Gaza seaport beneath the memorial erected in honour of Cengiz Akyüz (42), Ali Haydar Bengi (39), İbrahim Bilgen (61), Furkan Doğan (18), Cevdet Kılıçlar (38), Cengiz Songür (47), Çetin Topçuoğlu (54), Fahri Yaldız (43), Necdet Yıldırım (32) and Ugur Süleyman Söylemez, who died from his injuries this week aged 51. (more…)