310 Bodies Unearthed in Mass Grave Beneath Gaza Hospital

Women, the wounded, the elderly are among the victims, and there were men without clothes whose hands were tied behind their backs with wire

by Sededin Dedovic
310 Bodies Unearthed in Mass Grave Beneath Gaza Hospital
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Palestinian civil defense teams continued their efforts to retrieve bodies from a mass grave outside the Nasser Hospital Complex in Khan Younis, after the Israeli army withdrew its forces from the area. So far, 310 bodies have been found, including 35 in the past day, which caused an alarming reaction from international organizations.

"Among the victims were the elderly, women and the wounded," including some who were bound and without clothes, the Guardian reported. Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, said: "We feel the need to raise the alarm because more bodies have been discovered." She stressed that the bodies were buried deep and covered with waste, with the victims were the elderly, women and the wounded.

However, it attracted the most attention because dozens of men were without clothes and their hands were tied with wire behind their backs, whose bodies were full of bruises and fractures. "Some of them had their hands tied, which indicates serious violations of international law and international humanitarian law, so it is necessary to carry out further investigations," Shamdasani said.

Palestinian rescue teams, supported by several UN missions monitoring the situation, also discovered multiple mass graves in the Shifa hospital complex in Gaza City after Israeli forces left the area after a prolonged siege.

These revelations caused further concern in the international community. The Israeli army, however, rejects claims of the existence of mass graves at the hospital. Their denial creates additional tension on this issue and points to the need for independent and transparent investigations to establish the truth and ensure accountability for any crimes committed.

However, Israel has blocked the arrival of independent journalists and investigators in the Gaza Strip, and those who cross illegally at some part of the border face death. The Israel-Hamas war is the most dangerous conflict for media workers in recent history, experts say.

Journalists in Gaza point out that the high number of deaths makes each of their reports vital, but as more journalists die and the war spreads, their ability to report is increasingly diminished. Several independent humanitarian workers and journalists have lost their lives since the beginning of the siege of Gaza, which further complicates the possibility of independently investigating these allegations of a mass grave made by the IDF.