January 8 2009
The international Red Cross accuses Israeli forces today of failing to assist wounded Palestinians and of “unacceptable” delays in letting rescue workers reach a Gaza home where four small children were found alive next to their mothers’ bodies.
Rescuers had been refused permission by the Israeli army to reach the site in the Zaytun neighborhood of Gaza City for days, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.
The neutral aid group’s head of delegation for the region described the incident as “shocking.”
“The Israeli military must have been aware of the situation but did not assist the wounded,” Pierre Wettach said in a statement. “Neither did they make it possible for us or the Palestine Red Crescent to assist the wounded.”
Rescuers eventually received permission to go to the site Wednesday, “four days” after it was hit by Israeli shells.
They found 15 dead and 18 wounded in three houses, including the children who were too weak to stand.
The ICRC said requests to be allowed to reach other destroyed houses in this neighborhood, reportedly containing more wounded, were refused by the Israeli army.
“The ICRC believes that in this instance the Israeli military failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded,” the Geneva-based group said in a statement.
“It considers the delay in allowing rescue services access unacceptable.”
A spokeswoman for the Israeli mission in Geneva said she was unable to comment on the incident at this time.
Israel never complies with the Geneva Convention. This is typical of their behavior. Making anyone wait for medical aid for 4 days is a crime. I would even call it “torture”. No, this is beyond torture. Especially when you consider terrified, children were waiting for someone, anyone to help them.
All alone with their dead parents must have been a horrifying experience. I can’t even begin to fathom, how those terrified, children must have felt and what they were going through…….This is far beyond criminal.
If help had gotten there sooner, others may have lived as well.
This is part of Israels terrorizing, cruel tactics.
Just like leaving those in Gaza without homes, heat, hydro, food, water and medical supplies.
Next there will by things like Cholera outbreaks and numerous other illnesses associated with starvation and lack of clean drinking water.
How much longer are the talk a lot, no action leaders going to wait.
They too are the great pretenders. They are doing nothing but babbling on and on. I see no real incentive to help those in Gaza, just putting it off until more die. As a matter of fact many of them have enabled Israel to exterminate may Palestinians over the years. Some even foot the bill so they can. They have had ample time to stop the killings. They choose not too. Especially the US. The US has condoned this type of behavior for years. Of course they do the same thing themselves as we all well know from their actions in Iraq and Haiti. Well there are many other countries I could add to the list but it is rather long.
People around the world are angry and with good reason. They want this stopped.
Israel is doing this all on purpose, not because they are defending themselves. They are lieing. Their actions speak for themselves.
I see it and so do others. It is obvious to us all, who know Israel’s history and and terroristic behavior.
If anyone is a terrorist, it is Israel’s Government.
If you don’t serve in their army for them and murder innocent people they send you to jail. They even terrorized their own. Teenagers at that. Just kids themselves. What you have is a Dictatorship so to speak. They just pretend to be a democracy. ” Israeli teenagers jailed for refusing to serve in army”
I can bet anyone who has been taken to their prisons are being tortured as well.
All the while pretending to be nice. Who is Israeli Government trying to kid?
These are the earmarks of Genocide.”Apartheid”
Now who needs to be defended? Israel continually cry’s “wolf” when in actuality they are the ones deliberately, systematically, murdering innocent people on purpose.
Latest Report States: The Israeli military operation in Gaza has killed at least 680 people and injured more than 3,000, Palestinian medical sources said Wednesday. Thirty percent of the deaths are women and children, according to the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The History of Israels treatment of Palestinians. The making of Israel’s Apartheid in Palestine