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As these fleeing al-Shifa get to south Gaza, they recount Israeli torture | Israel Conflict on Gaza Information

As these fleeing al-Shifa get to south Gaza, they recount Israeli torture | Israel Conflict on Gaza Information


Deir el-Balah, Gaza – Mohammad Sukkar is protected now – or safer – however even because the crew at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir el-Balah work to assist him, his eyes fill with tears as he recounts his expertise in al-Shifa Hospital.

The 27-year-old man fled south, wounded and stripped of his garments, after days of siege after which detention by the Israeli military within the Shifa complicated, together with dozens of different folks.

“I had been displaced from al-Shujayea east of Gaza, which was destroyed and I used to be volunteering on the hospital after being displaced,” Sukkar instructed Al Jazeera, mendacity on a makeshift pallet normal out of some tough gray blankets on the ground.

“Late on a Monday … there was intense gunfire as Israeli tanks superior in the direction of the hospital,” he stated.

“We didn’t know what was happening. The Israeli military ordered us by way of loudspeakers to remain contained in the complicated buildings and never transfer in any respect.”

Sukkar and dozens of different displaced folks – a lot of them households with youngsters – had been trapped, together with sick folks, for 4 agonising days in a Shifa constructing.

“We had no water or meals. We had been ravenous, and so afraid of the artillery shelling. All we may hear was the military booming via loudspeakers, taking pictures folks and burning buildings round us,” he stated.

“We didn’t even consider going outdoors.”

Mohammad Sukkar, carrying clothes given to him by the ambulance crew, on the hospital flooring [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]

‘Waving white flags’

Because the siege continued and thirst took maintain, a few of the trapped folks determined to enterprise out, waving white flags.

“We gathered – males, ladies, youngsters, and the aged – waving white flags and advancing cautiously,” Sukkar recalled.

“The military opened hearth, forcing us to beg for protected passage, telling them we wished to get out as we had been ravenous and there was no water.

“The troopers insisted we return to the constructing however then, minutes later, they known as out that every one the lads ought to keep and line up and the ladies ought to collect and head south.”

The troopers made the lads strip and maintain their palms above their heads as they handcuffed and blindfolded them.

“For 4 days, we had been shackled within the chilly within the hospital courtyard with out meals or water,” he stated, pausing as a medic got here by and administered some medicine to him.

“If we requested for something, the troopers shouted at us, kicked us with their boots, spat at us, and insulted us with essentially the most horrific phrases,” Sukkar continued.

Ultimately, the troopers launched a few of the detainees, ordering them to go south – with out their garments or belongings.

“We began strolling in the direction of al-Rashid Avenue. I used to be with 5 younger detainees and we had been all shivering from chilly and worry. The roads had been filled with tanks and troopers, our bodies on the bottom – however we stored strolling, our palms raised above our heads.”

“Once we reached an Israeli checkpoint, the troopers stopped us, let the others move however arrested me,” Sukkar stated.

“I attempted to ask the place they had been taking me, however they beat me. There have been about 10 troopers, all of whom had been kicking me and utilizing metallic bars to hit me throughout.”

After attacking him, the troopers instructed Sukkar to go, however he had been overwhelmed so exhausting he was not in a position to stroll. In order that they loaded him right into a navy jeep and threw him out close to the checkpoint.

“My palms and toes had been very painful and bleeding. I used to be crawling till a passer-by noticed me, gave me first support, and took me to the hospital.”

‘Excessive terror’

Arriving on the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in an ambulance was Mohammad Marshoud, a skinny, subdued 25-year-old man with a clump of dirty medical cotton taped to 1 aspect of his head.

He was injured when Israeli forces shelled his household’s house within the neighborhood of the al-Shifa Hospital, the place he was staying with 15 relations, together with his aged mother and father, his sisters, their youngsters and a few cousins.

Mohamed Marshud, in a blue plastic gown to protect him from the cold, with a soiled dressing on the side of his head
Mohammad Marshoud, a skinny, subdued younger man, arrived on the hospital with a dirty bandage on his head [Abdulhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]

After an ordeal that lasted days, Marshoud was in a position to stroll to the south together with his cousin, each of them badly injured and stripped of all their clothes. He doesn’t know the destiny of any of the remainder of his household.

It was solely when emergency response groups discovered them that they had been in a position to give them blue plastic robes to guard them from the chilly a bit.

“We had been sleeping after we had been stunned by the Israeli tanks,” Marshoud stated of the day the siege started round al-Shifa.

“We acquired able to flee however after I opened the door, there have been tanks on our doorstep.

“Everybody was in excessive terror. We cowered in a small hall, unable to maneuver with all of the taking pictures. The youngsters had been crying and the ladies screaming in worry. We had been positive we’d all die.”

Artillery shells exploded in the home, wounding Marshoud, his cousin, and his aged father, all of whom had been hit by shrapnel within the head and again.

Mohamed Marshoud walking through hospital corridors with another man
Marshoud was in tough form, however Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital was so overloaded that there was nobody who may wheel him round [Abdulhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]

“We weren’t in a position to name an ambulance. We crawled round to seize bits of clothes or medical gauze from right here and there in the home so we may cease our wounds bleeding,” stated Marshoud, who works as a nurse.

Israeli troopers stormed the home and arrested all the lads, together with Marshoud’s father, who’s 70.

“I had ready for this second, wrote an indication in English for the kids to carry; it stated: We’re civilians and kids solely. Please assist us,” Marshoud stated.

“However they didn’t care, they only arrested the lads and ordered us to strip.”

The troopers took Marshoud, his father, and his cousin to a close-by constructing the place that they had detained different males.

“Our wounds had been nonetheless bleeding. The place was filled with damaged stones and so they made us sleep on them,” he stated.

“They beat us severely, pulled out my chest hair and tortured me. They wouldn’t allow us to go to the bathroom … a few of the folks there moist themselves.”

After 5 days of detention, Marshoud and his cousin had been launched and ordered to go south.

“There have been so many tanks. Quadcopters had been hovering above us, our bodies all around the roads.”

“All I can take into consideration is my household … I can’t contact them, I don’t know the place they’re.”

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Written by bourbiza mohamed

Bourbiza Mohamed is a freelance journalist and political science analyst holding a Master's degree in Political Science. Armed with a sharp pen and a discerning eye, Bourbiza Mohamed contributes to various renowned sites, delivering incisive insights on current political and social issues. His experience translates into thought-provoking articles that spur dialogue and reflection.

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