Bullets Found at Gaza Flour Massacre Site Belie Israel’s ‘Stampede’ Claim

Bullet wounds caused by the same type of large-caliber ammunition used in several Israeli army rifles and machine guns undermine Israeli officials’ dubious claim that most of the victims of last week’s ‘Flour Massacre’ near Gaza City were killed in a stampede, according to reports a human rights observer. said Wednesday.

Gaza officials said at least 118 Palestinians were killed and 760 others injured when Israeli forces shot a large crowd of starving people waiting for food distribution at the al-Nabulsi roundabout south of Gaza City on February 29. Israeli officials said many or most of the victims were trampled as the large crowds of people starving as a result of Israel’s siege and blockade of Gaza desperately rushed aid trucks.

Dr. However, Mohammed Salha, the acting director of Al-Awda Hospital, told reporters last Friday that more than 80% of the Flour Massacre victims treated at the facility suffered gunshot wounds. A United Nations team visiting al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City found “a large number of gunshot wounds” among the approximately 200 patients treated there.

On Wednesday, the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, which is investigating the massacre, said many victims suffered injuries from NATO 5.56x45mm bullets, which are used in several weapons carried by Israeli forces. armed forces (IDF), including M4. and Tavor assault rifles and IWI Negev light machine guns.

“A sample of 200 dead and wounded victims showed that they had indeed been hit by these types of bullets, and the bullets were discovered and examined at the scene of the massacre, along with shrapnel found in the bodies of the wounded and dead,” the group said. .

Israel imports some of its 5.56mm bullets from Britain, where Palestinian advocates are calling for an investigation and the suspension of arms exports to the country.

Numerous survivors of the Flour Massacre have described how Israeli forces opened fire on them as they tried to secure food for their starving families.

“We had been waiting for hours when we finally saw the trucks. At that moment, the Israeli occupation opened fire on us with gunfire and artillery shelling,” Hajj Mahmoud Daghmash said.The Palestine Chronicle earlier this week. “Fear filled our entire hearts and people started running everywhere. We didn’t know where to hide. The screams of the wounded, women and children could be heard everywhere.”

“The occupation killed us twice,” Daghmas added. “Once when it bombed our homes, and then again by starving us.”

A group of UN special rapporteurs on Tuesday condemned the massacre and Israel’s policy of deliberately starving Gaza residents and attacking humanitarian aid and those who deliver and receive it.

“Israel has deliberately starved the Palestinian people in Gaza since October 8. Now it is targeting civilians seeking humanitarian aid and humanitarian convoys,” the UN experts said. “Israel must end its campaign of starvation and targeting of civilians.”

On January 26, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that Israel is “plausibly” committing genocide in Gaza and ordered the Israeli government to prevent genocidal acts. However, the UN experts claimed that “Israel is not respecting its international legal obligations, failing to comply with the Interim Measures of the International Court of Justice and committing atrocities.”

“Israel systematically denies and restricts humanitarian access to Gaza by intercepting deliveries at checkpoints, bombing humanitarian convoys and shooting at civilians seeking humanitarian assistance,” they said.

IDF forces have also watched as extremist Israeli civilians block roads at border crossings to prevent aid from entering Gaza. At one encampment, organizers set up a bouncy castle for children and served cotton candy, popcorn and slushies.

Deaths from starvation and dehydration have added a horrific new dimension to a war in which at least 30,717 Palestinians – mostly women and children – have been killed and more than 72,000 others maimed by Israeli bombs and bullets, according to Gaza officials and international human rights groups.

“Fifteen children have already died of malnutrition at Kamal Adwan Hospital in Gaza City, and there are fears that the figures could be higher at other hospitals,” the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday. “As the risk of famine continues to rise, all children under the age of five – 335,000 – are at high risk of severe malnutrition, with serious negative consequences for their development and their right to health. At least 90% of children under the age of five are affected by one or more infectious diseases, and 70% have diarrhea.”

It’s not just little kids anymore. Gaza’s Health Ministry said Wednesday that a 15-year-old died at al-Shifa Hospital and a 72-year-old man died at Kamal Adwan Hospital from malnutrition and dehydration.

“Famine in northern Gaza has reached fatal levels, especially for children, pregnant women and patients with chronic diseases,” ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. “Thousands of people are at risk of dying of hunger.”

Israeli attacks on humanitarian aid convoys and starving Palestinians have continued, including a Sunday attack that killed and injured dozens of people at the Kuwait Roundabout south of Gaza City.

Airdrops of food and humanitarian aid by Jordan and the United States – which also supply Israel with the bombs dropped on Gaza residents – are seen as completely inadequate to tackle the crisis.

“I don’t think dropping food in the Gaza Strip should be the answer today,” Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, said late last week. “The real answer is: open the border crossing and bring convoys and bring meaningful aid to the Gaza Strip.”

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