[Marxism] [ISM Media Group] Video footage from Khan Younis hospital showing chemical burns from Israeli weapons

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jan 19 08:13:02 MST 2009

The International Solidarity Movement has video footage and photos of
injuries sustained during Israeli bombing that suggest the use of
chemical weapons. These are available for use by the media. Report
below links.

1. Footage from Al-Nasser Hospital on 18th Jan -

2. Photos from Al-Nasser Hospital on 18th Jan

(Warning: the above links contain graphic images)

3.Footage of unidentified incendiary substance found in Khoza'a

3. This footage was filmed in Khoza'a on 14th January. It shows an
unidentified incendiary substance found on the ground next to a burnt-
out home. It was still flaming from the previous day's incursion. It
had to be buried to be extinguished, yet instantly re-ignited when it
was uncovered again. These characteristics are consistent with those
of white phosphorous.

Please contact:

Jenny Linnel (Britain) - International Solidarity Movement in Rafah:
+972 598765377

Fida Qishta (Palestine) - International Solidarity Movement in Rafah -
972 599681669

If there are any problems downloading from links please contact ISM
Media Office:
Adam Taylor - +972 598 503 948


15 year-old Ayman al-Najar is sitting up in his hospital bed at the Al-
Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis. His back is covered with thick
dressings. His doctor explains that he is suffering from severe
chemical burns. Ayman is from Khoza'a, the rural community east of
Khan Younis which endured a brutal incursion by Israeli ground forces
on 13th January. He and his sister were sitting together under the
stairs when a missile struck. Their grandfather was in the garden. His
body was severed into two parts.

His sister, Alaa', 16, had been playing a game on her mobile phone. A
third of her face was blown off, leaving part of her mouth, jaw and
cheekbone missing. A massive part of her waist and pelvic area was
destroyed with tissue loss exposing the bone. She was also badly
burned. Medical staff at the Al-Nasser Hospital battled to save her
and she pulled through 10 hours of surgery. She regained consciousness
after the operation and wept when she heard about the death of her
grandfather. However, five hours later she died suddenly.

It is time for Ayman's dressing to be changed. He cries out as the
bandages are removed. A scarlet red wad of gauze is teased out of a
deep hole in his back which it is filling in order to stem the
bleeding. Five days after the attack, his wounds are still bleeding
profusely. These are not normal burns. The wounds cover his upper back
and right arm and his ankle has a deep wound down to the bone. He will
need extensive plastic surgery. Shrapnel which entered Ayman's back
penetrated one of his lungs and he has undergone surgery to repair
several tears. He screams as iodine solution is applied. It is
unbearable to watch his suffering.

Ayman is a civilian, a minor. He was at home with his family when they
were attacked. Israel claims its bloody war has been on Hamas. Ayman,
Alaa' and their grandfather were not Hamas operatives, neither were
the thousands of other civilians killed and injured. Israel would call
them "collateral damage". However, the atrocities committed against
them amount to war crimes, especially if weapons have been used
illegally. What exactly is the substance which has inflicted such
wounds – not on Ayman alone but countless others also? Israel won't
admit to the nature or composition of some of the less conventional
weapons its military has been using on the population of Gaza.

Last night Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire. Following the
ceasefire announcement, internally displaced people throughout the
Gaza Strip went back to their neighbourhoods and homes to survey the
damage. This was no different in Ayman's village, Khoza'a. Maher Abu
Rejila, 22, a local farmer had gone to check on his home and his
greenhouses. He was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers on the Green
Line and his body was brought to the Al-Nasser Hospital today. This is
the true face of Israel's ceasefire. Now, under the shadow of Israeli
troops on the border, F-16's still in the sky and gunboats still in
the sea, Khoza'a, along with the rest of the Gaza Strip, is reeling
from the Israeli onslaught. So many homes have been destroyed, leaving
thousands with nowhere to go. So many breadwinners killed or injured
so badly they'll never work again. How will people survive? How will
they re-build their lives?

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led 
non-violent resistance movement committed to ending Israel's illegal 
occupation of Palestinian land.  We call for full compliance with all 
relevant UN resolutions and international law.

For specific media inquires such as interview requests, photo usage, 
etc. please email the ISM Media Office at media at palsolidarity.org

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