Israeli siege on Gaza hospital: Palestinians dig mass grave, no plan to save children

Israeli siege on Gaza hospital: Palestinians dig mass grave, no plan to save children

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“To bury 120 bodies, a lot of equipment is required, it cannot be done by hand efforts or by the efforts of one person. It will take hours and hours to bury all these bodies.”

He said that on Monday, doctors performed the surgery without oxygen, making general anesthesia impossible.

Israeli forces launched a ground offensive into Gaza in late October and have since closed their encirclement around al-Shifa. In recent days, the hospital siege seems to be unsettling even Israel’s closest allies.

US President Joe Biden said on Monday, “My hope and expectation is that there will be less intrusive actions with respect to hospitals and that we will remain in contact with the Israelis.”

“Apart from this, efforts are also being made to bring about this pause to deal with the release of prisoners and talks are also being held with the Qataris,” he said. “So I’m somewhat optimistic, but hospitals have to be protected.”

On Monday, Israel’s military released video and photos saying Hamas had stored weapons in the basement of Rentisi, another hospital specializing in treating children’s cancer. Hamas said the photos were fake.

Hamas’ armed wing said it was ready to free 70 women and children held in Gaza in exchange for a five-day ceasefire. Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Ubaida said Israel had asked for the release of 100 people.

There was no immediate public reaction from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which generally avoids commenting on talks over the release of detainees, possibly in an exchange of security prisoners held by Israel.

Relatives of some of the hostages held a day-long protest march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to call for major government action to free them.

Yuval Haran from Kibbutz Berry, where Hamas fighters killed several civilians, including his father, said he was marching out of desperation to win freedom for seven family members.

“Hostages in Gaza have no time. Nor do we have time. For 39 days we have been in endless worry. We are living this pain every moment. And I can’t sit and wait,” he said. “He should be brought home now.”

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