January 8, 2009

Children Rescued in Gaza

The Red Cross has been severely restricted in their ability to provide humanitarian aid in Gaza, made necessary by the Israeli offensive. But the recent and brief cease fire allowed aid workers to go in and help Gazans who were trapped, starving often because they were afraid for their lives to seek food.

Their efforts rescued a number of people, thankfully, these four children among them:

The statement said a team of four Palestine Red Crescent ambulances accompanied by Red Cross representatives made its way to Zeitoun Wednesday where it "found four small children next to their dead mothers in one of the houses. They were too weak to stand up on their own. One man was also found alive, too weak to stand up. In all, there were at least 12 corpses lying on mattresses."

Israel insists that it does not intentionally target civilians, and that Hamas hides among civilians. I believe both of those assertions, but since Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas of the world, there is some disingenuousness in the statements. It's like shooting into a barrel of fish and not targeting the fish.

In any case, I am glad for the efforts of the Red Cross and hope that the horrors revealed during the cease fire convince both sides of this conflict to sit down together.

Unrelated: I am unfamiliar with the region "Zeitoun" referenced in the quote, but "zeitoun" is the word for "olives" used by the Arabic speakers I know.

Posted by James at January 8, 2009 9:37 AM
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