Six Hours In Buraij 8 killed and 45 Injured
The upcoming war on Iraq has limited the world's vision to this event, giving Ariel Sharon “God’s Gift”, to embark on a wide terror campaign against the entire Palestinian territories, the latest of these was the massive military offensive on the Middle Area of Gaza Strip, namely the refugee camp of Al Buraij, which is home to about 32 thousand refugees. This military campaign ended with a blood bath, resulting in nine martyrs, including two children and a ninth months’ pregnant woman.
At about 00:30 local Gaza time, and according to local sources large Israeli forces supported by about 70 tanks and armored vehicles, covered from the air by Apache choppers, converged on the Middle Area of Gaza Strip, which include the major concentration of Palestinian refugees, namely the refugee camps of Al Maghazi, Al Bureij and Al Nuseirat. The Israeli forces advanced towards the refugee camps from two directions; the illegitimate Jewish settlements of "Netzarim" south of Gaza City, and "Kfar Darom", east of the of Deir El Balah town.
The forces sealed of the entire Saladin Road, which is the main transportation route through Gaza Strip, thus isolating these refugee camps from the outer world. The tanks then proceeded towards the entrances of Al Bureij and Al Nuseirat camps, where they opened a volley of gunfire and tank shells.
The ambulances were not able to get through the occupation forces' siege over the area, and many citizens bled to death inside their houses and in the alleyways and the unequipped UN mini clinics in the camp, could not cope with the situation.
The occupation forces began to tighten the siege, and the soldiers ordered the residents to leave their homes without taking any of their belongings, and then they blew up the houses using explosive charges, eyewitnesses said.
Nine civilians were killed during the six hours invasion, including two children and a pregnant lady in her ninth month, which was found under the rubble of her own home. 40 wounded citizens were rushed to the several clinics and health care centers in the area, several of which are in a very critical condition.
Following the pull
out of the invading forces, large numbers of wounded began
flooding the local clinics, and literally crowded the rooms
and hallways. The doctors appealed to all the relevant
organizations to intervene and aid them by providing the
equipment necessary to help the large number of casualties.
The clinics suffered shortages in beds, blood units,
medicine and bandages and some of the critical cases bled to
death, as nobody was able to help them, due to the tight
blockade over the refugee camps.