Tragic Stories Emerge from Gaza Hospitals

Tragic Stories Emerge from Gaza Hospitals

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018 - 06:15
A Palestinian man assists a wounded protestor during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
Gaza - Asharq Al-Awsat
Horrifying scenes emerged Monday from Gaza hospitals, where thousands of residents flocked searching for their relatives, who were killed or injured in a long day of confrontation with Israeli forces at the border between the coastal strip and Israel.

The Amoudi family was one of those grieving in Gaza after they received news of their son’s killing by the Israeli army. His brother was meanwhile being treated at a hospital for severe wounds he sustained during the bloody clashes.

Amid growing outrage and confusion, the family welcomed the body of their first son, carried by other Palestinians, while their second son was fighting for his life in an operation room.

Also on Monday, the mother of Ibrahim al-Masri had to endure a new tragedy after she received word of his death in the border clashes. A few years ago, she had to endure the loss of her elder son in an Israeli airstrike.

“Why did you leave me?” she was seen yelling at the hospital.

At the Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah, the parents of Ahmed Chahine, who came from the Breij camp in Gaza, were praying for him after he was left unconscious from the violence.

His wounded twin brother, Mohammed, meanwhile, was in a critical condition after doctors had to amputate his leg.

After regaining consciousness Monday, Ahmed recounted to Asharq Al-Awsat the details of his and his brother’s injuries.

He said that the Israeli military has started to shoot sporadically at him, his brother and other peaceful demonstrators while they were standing east of the Breij camp. Many youths were killed or injured in the shooting, he said.

“I had to lie on the ground to protect myself. But once the shooting stopped, I learned that my brother was injured,” he said.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied on Monday near the Gaza border fence against the opening of the controversial US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. The move had angered Palestinians who see the eastern part of the city as their capital.

Israeli forces on the border used tear gas and sniper fire on the crowds, leaving at least 52 dead and thousands wounded amid an international outcry against the violence.

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