Witness to the war

Rami Mohsen

Lawyer specialized in human rights issues / Gaza

I wrote these words while the Gaza Strip was being heavily bombarded, which burned our nerves and caused us all to feel anxious, fearful, and confused.

In the following paragraphs, I'll briefly go over a few of the vivid and agonizing human scenes that the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital massacre was supposed to bring to the attention of the international community and humanitarian organizations.

These scenes included the scale of the murder and destruction, smelling blood and gunpowder, hearing explosions, black smoke rising into the air, tongues of fire, and burning the bodies of innocent people.

First of all, due to a lack of medical supplies caused by Israel's insistence on keeping the Gaza Strip closed, doctors perform surgeries in the corridors of hospitals without "anesthesia."

The sound of a child's screams from the horror of the misfortune and the wounds filled with cement and rocket fragments can be heard in the hospital hallway as one doctor holds a baby in his arms, another comforts a wounded child who lost her entire family and is the only survivor.

The doctor, Fadi Khudari, collapsed when the ambulance arrived because it was carrying his father and brother. On the other side, four children with severe injuries are receiving resuscitation on one bed.

Conversely, a doctor discovers she is treating her husband, who died shortly after.

An ambulance was heading on a mission to rescue the injured when, as a result of a new target, it was bombed to shed the blood of its crew between martyrs and wounded persons, without the warplane paying attention to any of the humanitarian rules and military ethics in war.

Let's imagine how one of the ambulance men carried the body of his colleague on the "stretcher" that they used together to transport the wounded. The same holds true for the journalists who accompanied their colleagues to their final resting place.

The same scene is repeated: a child drowning in blood, his head surrounded by medical white gauze, is trying to calm his father, saying, "Don't be afraid, dad, I'm "healthy", stay strong, don't be afraid," and from afar comes a man running with signs of stupor and shock, carrying in his hands his children's remains in a plastic bag he found along the street.

Another child is crying with heartbreak and says, "I don't want to pass away, Mom. I don't want to pass away". In actuality, he survived thanks to divine intervention.

Will the trauma leave this child for the rest of his life?

In another instance, a young man dug his fingernails into his family members who were buried beneath the debris of their destroyed home. He lifted each stone one at a time and yelled hysterically, "Abdullah, Mom, where are you?" but no one heard him or responded. Then they found out that everybody had passed away. Two kids were running behind the ambulance carrying their mother's body in the same square while yelling, "Mama, Mama, we want Mama."

About 400 entire families were annihilated by the insane bombing. The civil records no longer contain any references to her.

Mahmoud Darwish, a Palestinian poet, wrote: "The war will end, and that old woman will remain, waiting for her martyred son, and that girl is waiting for her husband, and those children are waiting for their father." The longing for freedom is finally manifest," said Martin Luther King. However, they agree with varying degrees of cruelty before and during the aggression. As well, the British newspaper The Guardian has previously referred to the Gaza Strip as "the largest prison in the world."

Life and death are not numbers that have multiple descriptions of the ongoing war on the Gaza Strip for the second week in a row.

In the summer of 2017, Robert Piper, the UN's human resources coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territories, issued a warning that the Gaza Strip was on the verge of becoming uninhabitable because of the blockade and the worsening humanitarian situation.

It is unlike any previous aggression in terms of the number of casualties and the volume of explosives and rockets that the Israeli army poured on Gaza during this aggression, which is equivalent to the volume that the United States of America threw on Afghanistan for an entire year. This systematic and large-scale war is still being waged against this densely populated and defenseless coastal strip.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Mark Garlasco, a military advisor for the Dutch group "Pax for Peace," and a former UN investigator on war crimes in Libya claimed that Israel had dropped 6,000 bombs, each weighing a quarter of a nuclear bomb and more than 4,000 tons of explosives. The aggression resulted in a startling number of tragedies, severe emotional bleeding, and numerous losses of life, property, and infrastructure, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Observatory for Human Rights.

On October 23, 2023, there were more than 5,000 martyrs; there are still a significant number buried in the rubble, and there were more than 12,000 wounded.