Westside Action

a motley crew of anarchists and activists from Bristol, Bath and South Wales

gaza update – monday

Oj texted this evening asking for help getting hold of features editors contacts,
so maybe they had enough time to work today. She also posted me a link to some crazy
American website that’s trying to build up a hit list of ISMers, with photos,
encouraging readers to help the IDF by finding them and killing em. Like she said-
there are some sick puppies out there.

News from the north gets worse.
Here’s Sharons latest.

I am again at Ramattan watching these wierd phospherous bombs falling on the
city.

“There were indications last night that Palestinian civilians have been
injured by the bombs, which burn intensely. Hassan Khalass, a doctor at
al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, told The Times that he had been dealing with
patients who he suspected had been burnt by white phosphorus. Muhammad Azayzeh,
28, an emergency medical technician in the city, said: “The burns are very
unusual. They don’t look like burns we have normally seen. They are
third-level burns that we can’t seem to control.”

Victims with embedded WP particles in their flesh have to have the affected
areas flushed with water. Particles that cannot be removed with tweezers are
covered with a saline-soaked dressing.

Nafez Abu Shaban, the head of the burns unit at al-Shifa hospital, said: “I
am not familiar with phosphorus but many of the patients wounded in the past
weeks have strange burns. They are very deep and not like burns we used to
see.”
Read more at http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/01/09

“The Geneva Treaty of 1980 stipulates that white phosphorus should not be
used as a weapon of war in civilian areas, but there is no blanket ban under
international law on its use as a smokescreen or for illumination. However,
Charles Heyman, a military expert and former major in the British Army, said:
“If white phosphorus was deliberately fired at a crowd of people someone
would end up in The Hague. White phosphorus is also a terror weapon. The
descending blobs of phosphorus will burn when in contact with skin.”
Read more at
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5447590.ece

Footage here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVY4NUKowzg

Mo has just been speaking to his sister, his family were receiving the
phosphorous bombs all night last night, in Khuza’a, east of Khan Younis, she
said the bombs smell like sewerage. She said just in their area there were 110
injuries from the phosphorous. Today they fled their house and went to
relatives. We called the Ministry of Health to ask if they have analysed the
substances involved, but they said that unfortunately they simply don’t have
the resources to do so and have to wait on outside confirmation.

Osama from the Jabalia medics appeared briefly yesterday at Al Quds, with an
ambulance with bullet holes in. It had been shot at by an Israeli sniper
apparently on Friday between 1.30 and 2pm, and had to turn back without
reaching its call-out. Five shots were fired, Osama said.

“Please take care of yourselves,” I said to him.
“If we die, it’s ok.” he said. “What will be left? I think no-one will
help us.”

Last night I stayed near Al Quds but at a friend’s house – they have no
water. It was another night of heavy shelling, with shells falling near the
hospital, constant rockets, and Apache shooting. By the early hours of the
morning there was shooting between the Israeli army and the Palestinian
resistance very near, so that local people were coming to take refuge in the
hospital. They left in the morning, but a steady stream of people, escaping
their houses near the fighting, began to trickle past Al Quds.

The Israeli army refused the Red Cross permission for more evacuations from
Zaytoun and other cut-off areas yesterday and today.

I went home to get my things so that if we in the hospital are cut off by the
army, I’ll have most of what I need. This could happen tonight, or this whole
thing could drag on for days…

Dr Halid has managed to get to his family in Khan Younis, the first time he has
seen them since their house fell down around them. He will try to get back as
soon as possible since now Al Quds ICU has only one staff nurse running it. The
little boy who he was caring for the other night when I posted died several
hours later. His place has been filled by another explosion victim.

Referring to the shooting of medic Hassan Al Attal, you can see the footage
ISMers took here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAPQXtvC6us

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