Latest Gaza massacres illustrate complete dehumanization of Palestinians: MSF

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jun 2024

More than 800 people have been killed and over 2,400 wounded in the intense Israeli bombing and ground offensives against the Gaza Strip since the beginning of June, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Al-Aqsa Hospital
M decins Sans Fronti res (MSF) doctors with the local medical stuff caring for wounded inside of Al-Aqsa Hospital. Photo courtesy of MSF X account.


MSF described the Israeli war on Gaza as “horrific attacks” that led to “unacceptable pain and suffering and illustrate a clear disregard for Palestinian lives,” calling on “Israel to immediately halt these massacres,” according to a press release issued on Tuesday.

According to local health authorities, 274 people were killed on 8 June alone, MSF said.

On that day, “over 60 severely injured patients, including unconscious children,” were referred to the MSF-supported Nasser Hospital.

Al-Aqsa Hospital, with MSF-supported medical teams, received 420 wounded and 190 dead, again with many children among the casualties.

“How can the killing of more than 800 people in a single week, including small children, plus the maiming of hundreds more, be considered a military operation adhering to international humanitarian law?” Head of MSF Emergency Unit Brice de le Vingne asked.

“We can no longer accept the statement that Israel is taking ‘all precautions’ this is just propaganda,” he added.

“Since October (and certainly before), the dehumanization of Palestinians has been a hallmark of this war,” said De le Vingne.

“Earlier in the same week, Israel repeatedly bombed so-called safe zones, refugee camps, a school, and multiple humanitarian warehouses, which were formally registered as ‘deconflicted’ by Israeli forces,” according to MSF. 

Heavy strikes on 4 June in the Middle Area resulted in at least 70 deaths and over 300 wounded Palestinians, mostly women and children, who were brought to the Al-Aqsa Hospital with severe burns, shrapnel wounds, and fractures.

“These attacks are the latest in a broad litany of atrocities and illustrate the type of war that Israel is fighting,” MSF stated.

“The attacks now known as the flour massacre, the tent massacre, or the killing of aid workers and their families, and the destruction of hospitals and the health system more generally have led to no more than weak diplomatic posturing, empty words, and staggering inaction,” the MSF’s press release added.

Failure to reach a ceasefire and the unfettered supply of humanitarian aid will cost more lives and be yet another stain on the collective conscience.

More than 37,000 men, women, and children have been killed in Gaza, and over 84,000 have been wounded, according to the health ministry.

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