Squealing in pain, right foot amputated and shrapnel lacerations across his back and body, Thaer Hammad tells how his friend Ali was killed. “We were crossing the street, leaving our houses, when the tank fired. There were many people leaving, not just us.” Hammad stops his testimony, again squealing with pain. For the past two days, since the Israeli land invasion and heightened bombing campaign began, residents throughout Gaza have been fleeing their houses. Many haven’t had the chance to flee, have been caught inside, buried alive, crushed. The doctor continues the narrative. “After they were shelled, Thaer couldn’t walk. He called to Ali to carry him.” The rest goes: Ali had carried Thaer some distance when Ali was shot in the head, a bullet, shot from an unseen soldier in the direction from which they fled. Ali dead, Thaer injured, and people fleeing, the ambulance was called.Läs hela, och se bilderna.
When Arafa and Alaa arrived, they managed to load Thaer into the ambulance, and were working on getting Ali’s body to the clearly-marked vehicle when the shell came. Ali lost his head, killed twice. Alaa is riddled with shrapnel over his body and to his groin. Arafa’s lung came out. Arafa underwent heart surgery and doctors worked on his mutilated body. He went into shock and died an hour or so later.
Angry Arab påpekar att förlusterna i Gaza motsvarar (med siffrorna som är kända nu) närmare 4000 döda och över 15.000 skadade israeler. Föreställ er en kort stund vad staten Israels ledare och bombliberalerna som är deras hejarklack i Väst, hade ansett vara ett rimligt svar på ett sådant angrepp mot Israel. Några Qassam-raketer kanske?
PS. Jag ser precis nu att Röda Korset sagt till Aljazeera att Israel hindrat dem från att nå skadade (uppdatering: DN/TT), samt att FN säger att Israel angripit en av deras hjälpkonvojer och dödat en av lastbilsförarna.
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Läs också: Hamas’ Khaled Mashaal i SvD