‘Come out, you animals’: how the massacre at al-Shifa Hospital happened by Tareq S. Hajjaj

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During the massacre at al-Shifa Hospital, the Israeli army shot patients in their beds and doctors who refused to abandon the sick, separated people into groups with differently-colored bracelets, and executed hundreds of civil government employees.

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International community must act immediately to stop Israeli army’s massacre of Palestinians at Al-Shifa Hospital on Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor

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  • A survivor who asked to be identified only as “M.K.” confirmed that Israeli soldiers repeatedly took prisoners into the hospital’s morgue area, that gunshots were then heard, and that the soldiers left without the prisoners… Another witness, who preferred to remain completely anonymous due to safety concerns, and who was able to leave Al-Shifa Medical Complex recently, confirmed to the Euro-Med Monitor team that he witnessed Israeli forces taking eight or 10 Palestinian civilians at a time towards the morgue area. He then heard heavy gunfire, and the Israeli forces later left without the civilians. 
  • These civilians were likely subjected to unlawful killings and executions, as all the information obtained by Euro-Med Monitor’s field team suggests that since Al-Shifa Medical Complex was restored on Sunday/Monday night, 100 Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire in and outside of it.
  • The Israeli army has acknowledged that it killed 90 people during the ongoing military operation in Al-Shifa Medical Complex. An international committee must be established to investigate the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli forces as part of its genocide campaign, which includes planned killings and executions against civilians that are outside the purview of the law and judiciary.

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Men detained by Israeli forces since the start of the war are returning to Gaza with harrowing accounts of mock executions, constant beatings and humiliating mistreatment by Middle East Eye

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  • All four men described being forced to strip naked and being constantly beaten and abused by Israeli soldiers during their weeks-long detentions.
  • MEE has also spoken to a number of other former detainees who also described similar experiences to those of the men in this story.
  • Their accounts of torture and abuse follow similar allegations made by human rights monitors.
  • Israel’s conduct of its war against Hamas in Gaza is already the subject of an International Court of Justice case in which it stands accused of genocide and an ongoing war crimes investigation by the International Criminal Court.
  • Last week details of an unpublished investigation by Unrwa, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, alleging abuse of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners detained during the war in Gaza were reported by the New York Times.
  • Many of those details appear consistent with the testimonies of former detainees who spoke to MEE.
  • On Thursday, Haaretz reported that at least 27 detainees from Gaza had died in Israeli military facilities since the start of the war. It said some of the deaths had occurred at the Sde Teiman military base in southern Israel and the Anatot base in the West Bank.
  • On Friday, Alice Jill Edwards, the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, said she was investigating allegations of torture and mistreatment of Palestinian detainees by Israel and was in talks with Israeli authorities to visit the country on a fact-finding mission.
  • Ramy Abdu, the chair of Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor which has also compiled reports of torture in custody, said the testimonies of Palestinians released from Israeli detention were “deeply disturbing”.

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Israeli tanks have deliberately run over dozens of Palestinian civilians alive by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor

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  • Euro-Med Monitor documented the Israeli army’s killing of a Palestinian man who was deliberately run over in Gaza City’s Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood on 29 February after he was arrested. The man was subjected to harsh interrogation by members of the Israeli army, who bound his hands with plastic zip-tie handcuffs before running him over with a military vehicle from the bottom to the top of his body.
  • The incident occurred on the main Salah al-Din Street in the Zaytoun neighbourhood, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to the Euro-Med Monitor team. Israeli soldiers restrained the victim’s hands before they crushed him, and tramped on his body from the legs up, confirming that he was alive during the incident. To guarantee thorough and complete crushing, the victim was placed on asphalt rather than in an adjacent sandy area.
  • The victim’s mutilated body and the surrounding area bear obvious signs that a military bulldozer or tank was present. It appears that the victim was purposefully stripped of his clothes, as he was seen wearing only his underpants at the time of his death.

… In light of the fact that the ICC has not yet taken any action or filed any charges in relation to the investigations it is supposed to be carrying out into the situation in the Gaza Strip, Euro-Med Monitor expressed deep concern about the ICC Prosecutor’s performance regarding the genocide taking place there. Genocide is one of the most serious international crimes, with catastrophic consequences for civilians. 

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Israel blocks entry of food and aid supplies, kills starving civilians in attempt to forcibly displace Palestinians from northern Gaza by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor

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  • Israel has routinely targeted the civilian police officers tasked with securing aid convoys and the administration of the Kerem Shalom crossing, making chaos the master of the situation when aid arrives and further undermining the distribution of such aid.
  • The Israeli army regularly targets Gaza City residents attempting to receive humanitarian supplies, either by gunfire or artillery shelling, stated Euro-Med Monitor. This violence has resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries, as well as in the intimidation of those residents who are struggling to find food.
  • … The Israeli collective punishments on the Gaza Strip, according to Euro-Med Monitor, are clearly directed towards starving the entire population and putting them at risk of death. Israel also uses starvation as a tactic of war, which is illegal under international law, and as a means of carrying out the crime of genocide against the Strip’s residents that has been ongoing for five months now.

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Urgent int’l investigation needed to probe Israeli war crimes after Palestinian civilians buried alive at Gaza’s Kamal Adwan Hospital by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor

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The Israeli army has reportedly buried wounded Palestinian civilians alive outside of Kamal Adwan Hospital in the Gaza Strip’s northern town of Beit Lahia, after nine consecutive days of total siege, raids, and horrifying atrocities in the area. An independent international investigation must be opened into these reports, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said in a press release issued on Saturday.

… So far, Israel has not provided any solid evidence proving that hospitals in the Gaza Strip are being used for any other purpose than health work. Euro-Med Monitor expressed grave concern over Israeli forces’ turning Gaza’s hospitals into military barracks, sniper sites, and detention centres for medical personnel, patients, and internally displaced people, particularly given the vast number of injured civilians in the Strip due to Israel’s current genocide of Palestinians.

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