Thursday, January 8, 2009

Medical teams find 'unbelievable' horror amid rubble

A Palestinian firefighter uses a hose to rinse blood from the street (Reuters)

Locals walk through rubble after an airstrike on Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza (AP)
Rory McCarthy on Israel-Gaza border, Hazem Balousha in Gaza City
The Guardian, Thursday 8 January 2009

"......A team of medics and volunteers from the Palestinian Red Crescent took advantage of the lull in fighting to drive to Zeitoun, the scene of an Israeli attack on a house on Monday that was known to have killed nine members of the Samouni family. It was the first time medics had been able to reach the scene.

Muhammad Shaheen, a volunteer with the Red Crescent, said the team found a scene of devastation. They discovered another 10 corpses inside the house and "dozens" more dead lying in the rubble in the area around.

"It was an unbelievable sight," he said. "There was a huge number of dead bodies, houses were completely destroyed and many others partially destroyed." The team found around 10 injured people in the house and another 15 who were unhurt, but still sheltering from the fighting......"

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