56 dead in Gaza brings death toll to 87 since Wednesday - hundreds injured (external - login to view)
Sat, 01 Mar 2008 09:49 EST
©AFPA Palestinian father carries his wounded child to hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City Sanah's brother was wailing and screaming for his sister as ambulance staff gathered up parts of her dismembered body, asking "Where's the rest?"
17-year-old Jacqueline Mohammed Abu Shbak saw her 14-year-old brother Iyad struck down by an Israeli artillery shell. As she rushed towards him Israeli soldiers shot her in the heart.
As 45-year-old Bassam 'Ubeid was leaving his house accompanied by his son an Israeli artillery shell targeted them both. As another of 'Ubeid's sons hurried to rescue them, he was seriously injured and is now lying in hospital in intensive care.
As the ongoing Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip reaches its fourth day, the number of people killed in the coastal sector rose to 56 with more than 150 injured on Saturday. Palestinian medical sources have warned of a fuel shortage both in hospitals and for the ambulances that are ferrying the dead and injured to the morgues and operating theatres.
Children, women and men are being ripped apart and emergency staff are talking about the appalling scenes they face as they try to rescue the injured, despite being directly targeted by Israeli forces.
Dr. Mu'awya Hassanain, director of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian Health Ministry said that the number of people killed in the offensive on the northern Gaza Strip since Wednesday has reached 87, including 56 killed on Saturday.
Hassanain added that 19 children have been killed since Wednesday, including a 2-day-old baby. Seven children were killed on Saturday alone.
More than 30 civilians died in bombing raids on their homes on Saturday.
Medical sources also confirmed that more than 200 citizens have been injured since Wednesday, 150 of whom were wounded in the ongoing Israeli aggression on Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip that began early on Saturday morning.
Hassanain said that several ambulance crews have come under Israeli fire as they try to evacuate the dead and injured.
Journalists have also been targeted as they cover the ongoing events. An Al-Jazeera correspondent and her crew were shot at and journalists from the Palestinian news agency Ramatan were targeted by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza Strip.
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