Fri 14 Jun 2024 11:06 am - Jerusalem Time

Details of Israeli massacre at Nuseirat refugee camp begin to emerge

Details of Israel's massacre in Gaza's Nuseirat refugee camp are beginning to emerge. The Israeli army killed 274 people there and injured hundreds.

The Washington Post confirmed on Sunday that Israeli forces used civilian vehicles during this military operation and that it was organized near the “humanitarian” port built by the US army. The Gaza government media office reported that Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers posed as refugees before opening fire on the camp.

This massacre was committed under the pretext of wanting to “free hostages”. But the hostages killed (three) were almost as numerous as the hostages rescued (four).

According to the American media, this massacre which left nearly a thousand victims, dead and injured, and demolished around a hundred buildings, was aimed just at destroying everything that was in the path of the Israeli commando. “The Air Force started shooting to give them a corridor, a wall of fire,” retired Maj. Gen. David Tsur told the Washington Post.

The IDF boasts of close collaboration with the United States in this massacre. They report that "the US hostage cell played a decisive role in the release of the captives" and that it used "high-precision American technology that had never before been used in a liberation process." hostages.”

The Pentagon denied any direct participation by the US military in the attack. "The pontoon facility, its equipment, personnel and instruments, were not used in the [Israeli army's] operation to free hostages in Gaza," the Pentagon spokesperson said, Pat Ryder.

He admitted, however, that “the Israeli army used helicopters” near the pier, but added that this activity was “not associated” with the American army.

The Euro-Med Monitor [Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Observatory] reported that “massive and indiscriminate air and artillery attacks were launched by the Israeli army during the operation in order to cover the withdrawal of Israeli forces.

The massacre caused an influx of injured people into Gaza's overloaded hospital system. “We placed the injured along the interior corridors and between the beds. There is no room at all in this hospital. We made them sleep in outdoor tents,” Dr. Khalil al-Dakran of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital told Al Jazeera, adding that there were four times more wounded than beds. in the hospital.

“It’s a nightmare in Al-Aqsa,” said Samuel Johann, coordinator of Doctors Without Borders in Gaza. “The bombings on densely populated areas follow one another and cause many victims. This is way beyond what can be done in a functioning hospital, especially with the meager resources we have here. How many more men, women and children must be killed before world leaders decide to put an end to this massacre?

“Israel committed a massacre in Nuseirat,” Khalil al-Degran, spokesman for Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, said on Saturday. “In this terrible state, the hospital cannot absorb the number of dead and injured. The hospital has been operating at full capacity for weeks.”

Karin Huster of Doctors Without Borders told the Associated Press (AP) in an interview: "We have received the full range of war wounds, traumatic wounds, amputations, eviscerations, trauma, traumatic brain injuries, fractures and, of course, severe burns... Children completely gray or white from shock, burned, screaming for their parents. Some of them don’t even scream anymore because they are in shock.”

The Israeli army killed some 274 Palestinians in this massacre and injured 700. Among the dead were 64 children and 57 women. “The streets are full of corpses,” one witness told the AP. Eighty-nine houses or apartment buildings were bombed.

“The area was reduced to ashes...I couldn't find my wife and I started calling those around me to make sure they were still alive,” one witness, Abu Nasser, said in an interview at The Intercept.

Paraphrasing Nasser, The Intercept writes: “The streets were invaded by a swarm of “quadcopter drones” equipped with light weapons. We could hear the tracks of tanks nearby. American-made “Apache” attack helicopters were hovering. Neighboring houses were hit by missiles.

Nasser continued: "We heard people screaming for help in the bombed houses... There were martyrs and wounded, but we could not help them... The street was littered with body parts of civilians... and Many injured people were bleeding out without ambulances being able to reach them.

Martin Griffiths, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said the Nuseirat camp was “the epicenter of the seismic trauma that civilians in Gaza continue to experience”. He added: “The images of death and devastation that followed the Israeli military operation in this camp prove that with each passing day, this war becomes more and more terrible. “As we see the bleeding wounded being treated on the hospital floor, we are reminded that Gaza’s health care is hanging by a thread.”

Since the start of the Gaza genocide, at least 37,124 Palestinians have been killed and 84,712 injured, with countless others missing or presumed dead.

In a statement published on Sunday, the organization Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) called for the opening of an independent international investigation into the massacres perpetrated by Israel in Palestinian hospitals where hundreds of mass graves were discovered.

“Israel attacked almost all hospitals in Gaza. Hundreds of health workers and patients have been killed and detained. The discovery of mass graves at two hospitals demonstrates once again that Gaza's protected status under international health care law has completely failed, and the results are terrible,” said Rohan Talbot, advocacy director for MAP.

“The families of the dead deserve to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones and to obtain justice wherever serious violations of international law were committed. This can only be done through thorough, rapid and impartial investigations,” he said. “The international community must therefore demand that independent investigators and forensic experts have access to Gaza, so that evidence can be preserved and accountability established,” Talbot added.

Relentless Israeli bombardment of the devastated Palestinian territory continued after the raid. “Israeli bombardments – from air, land and sea – continue across much of the Gaza Strip, causing new civilian casualties, displacement and the destruction of homes and other civilian infrastructure,” the Israeli media reported on Monday. United Nations.


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Details of Israeli massacre at Nuseirat refugee camp begin to emerge