- Horrific scenes are visible in Jenin, where the Israeli
Armed Forces have left hundreds of Palestinian bodies to lie around rotting
in the streets.
- Non-Governmental Organizations raised the alert on Thursday
and the Israeli government has admitted that there are between 200 and
300 Palestinian bodies waiting to be buried. Palestinian sources quote
the figure as being higher, at around 500.
- Emmanuel Nashrum, spokesperson from the Israeli Foreign
Ministry, confirmed that the bodies had still not been buried: We are
doing what we can to surpass this situation, but it was the Palestinians
themselves who chose not to bury the dead as a form of propaganda .
- The Jenin government hospital has only received 50 corpses
to date, leaving between 150 and 450 unaccounted for. Lior Yavni, from
the NGO B Tselem, told reporters of the stench of decomposing human bodies
- Mannal Hazzan, a lawyer working with the Association
for Civil Rights in Israel, told the international press that an ambulance
carrying a wounded doctor and nurse, who had been fired at by Israeli
Defense Force (IDF) troops, was parked outside the hospital. They were
left to bleed to death because the medical crew were not allowed outside
to treat them. They were threatened that if they attempted any such action,
they would be shot.
- Hazzan also denounced five cases of serious illness
among children, who were deprived of water. Their mothers had to use water
from the sewer to prepare their meals. Added to the displaced 800 women
and children reported by Pravda.Ru yesterday, are a further 3,000, according
to UNO spokespersons. These people have had their homes bulldozers, sometimes
with family members inside, and are not allowed back into the area.
- Palestinian Human Rights organisation, LAW, has denounced
that five foreign journalists had their film and cameras stolen by IDF
forces. Their press cards were also illegally taken from them. The international
press card states: The authorities to whom this document is shown must
provide to its respective holder all help necessary for him/her to complete
his/her professional mission, without breaking any legally applicable
norms . This means, basically, that international press card holders are
to be allowed to circulate freely, except in cases in which they put their
own lives, or those of others, in danger. This does not give soldiers
the right to steal equipment and destroy film.
- The action was made in an attempt to cover up evidence
of human rights violations. Palestinian sources claim that copy of such
films has already been sent abroad.