Israel committed its largest massacre of Palestinians since its founding 1948, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said today, adding that this was a result of the violent and intense air strikes on the Gaza Strip last night under the cover of darkness.
After cutting of telecommunications networks to the Gaza Strip, and with the besieged enclave already in darkness as a result of there being no fuel to operate generators, Israel bombed northern Gaza killing and injuring more than 1,500 people and destroying hundreds of housing units. Hundreds more people are expected to be either dead or trapped beneath the rubble of their homes.
Residents of Al-Shati camp and other areas in and around Gaza City said the bombing was continuous, with corpses and dismembered body parts all over the streets.
Ambulance and civil defence crews were unable to respond to people’s calls for help as there were no phone systems operating.
The Israeli occupation army announced that it had targeted more than 450 sites overnight, continuing its incitement against hospitals.
Euro-Med Monitor said that Israel’s raids targeted, in an unprecedented and violent manner, the vicinity of a large number of hospitals in Gaza City, including the Al-Shifa Medical Complex, the Indonesian Hospital, the Eye Hospital, Al-Quds Hospital, and the only psychiatric hospital in the Strip.
Since the start of Israel’s war, 16 of the 35 hospitals with inpatient capacity have ceased operations, and 51 (more than 75 per cent) of all primary care facilities across Gaza have closed due to damage caused by Israeli raids or fuel shortages.
Three days ago, it was announced that the main electricity generators in the Al-Shifa Complex in Gaza City and the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip stopped working due to a lack of fuel.
Both hospitals operate smaller secondary generators, which provide only a few hours of electricity per day for more important services.
Residents in northern Gaza are trapped and have no way to escape the bombing and no humanitarian corridors to get vital aid through.
Displaced Palestinans who had tried to travel south said Israeli occupation soldiers forced them to strip off their clothes, while some of them were detained as human shields, and they were forced to cross the area south of the Gaza Valley on foot under the sound of explosions, raids and shelling.