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Volume 53 Number 33, December 21, 2023 ARCHIVE HOME JBCENTRE SUBSCRIBE

Stop Israel! Stop the Genocide!

Israel's War on Gaza's Hospitals and their Patients


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Informed Comment of December 19 reports: "Over four days late last week the Israeli army repeatedly raided Kamal Adwan Hospital in the town of Beit Lahia (pop. 90,000) in northern Gaza and then over the weekend forced everybody out of it. Eight patients did not survive the expulsion, including a nine-year-old girl. The UN reports that media is saying that on Saturday, 'an Israeli military bulldozer flattened the tents of a number of internally displaced persons outside the hospital, killing and wounding an unconfirmed number of people'. That is, the army is alleged to have bulldozed people alive into a mass grave, which, if the assertion is true, is one of the more horrific atrocities it has committed in this campaign - which has been full of horrific atrocities. The Israeli army denies the reports, saying the hospital is a terrorism command centre, a standard propaganda line for which it has supplied zero evidence. Israel does admit that it took 90 hospital personnel captive, charging them with being Hamas.

"Officials at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank said that their Gaza contacts told them that after the Israeli troops bulldozed the tents and their denizens, 'They also took the wounded out of the hospital to the open air in light of the extreme cold weather, and attacked the medical personnel, and arrested a number of them. . The university indicated that there are 12 children still inside the hospital's incubators without water or food, after the occupation prevented their evacuation and its vehicles destroyed large parts of the hospital.' The West Bank is PLO territory, not Hamas, and that Bir Zeit University people are being told the same story at the UN's interviewees is at least some corroboration.

"This atrocity was committed during an internet blackout that lasted several days and ended on Monday.

"The Israelis have attacked and closed all but four hospitals in northern Gaza, and three of them can barely be said to be functioning as hospitals (usually you would like some anaesthesia while you are operated on). The World Health Organization (WHO) called the situation at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City a 'bloodbath'."

Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director of WHO, posted to X on Sunday,

"WHO is appalled by the effective destruction of Kamal Adwan hospital in northern #Gaza over the last several days, rendering it non-functional and resulting in the death of at least 8 patients.

Many health workers were reportedly detained, and WHO and partners are urgently seeking information on their status.

"We learned that many patients had to self-evacuate at great risk to their health and safety, with ambulances unable to reach the facility. Of the deceased patients, several died due to lack of adequate health care, including a 9-year-old child.

"We are extremely concerned for the well-being of the internally displaced people who are reportedly sheltering in the hospital building.

"Gaza's health system was already on its knees, and the loss of another even minimally functioning hospital is a severe blow.

"Attacks on hospitals, health personnel and patients must end. Ceasefire NOW."


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