Daily Archives: February 17, 2009

Multi-Layered Gaza War Wounds Run Deep

Two UK Surgeons, Dr. Ghassan Abu Sittah and Dr. Swee Ang, who reportedly managed to get into Gaza during the Israeli invasion, were able to describe their experiences and share their views, drawing the conclusion that the people of Gaza are extremely vulnerable and defenseless in the event of another attack.

The Drs. noted that the wounds of Gaza are deep and multi-layered. Between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009, an estimated million and a half tons of explosives were dropped on the Gaza Strip — an area of land that is roughly 25 miles by 5 miles — the home to 1.5 million people.

Before being invaded by Israel, Gaza was completely blockaded and starved for 50 days. Since the Palestinian election that put Hamas in control of their government, Gaza has been under partial or total blockade — for several years.

250 people were killed on the first day of the Israeli invasion. Every police station in Gaza was bombed, killing large numbers of police officers. F16 jets and Apache helicopters were used to bomb Gaza from the air. Israeli gunboats fired shells from the sea and tanks fired heavy artillery from land.

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