Blocked Access Issues

Medics evacuate bodies from Samouni house, Jan 18 2009 - pic from www.talestotell.wordpress.com

Medics evacuate bodies from Samouni house, Jan 18 2009 - pic from http://www.talestotell.wordpress.com

In direct contravention of International Law, Israel regularly refuses to allow Palestinian emergency workers access to the injured, and attacks them if they try to go without Israel’s permission (called “co-ordination”) – or sometimes, even when permission has been granted.

The Samouni Family, Zaytoun, Gaza

Mona Samouni - pic from www.talestotell.wordpress.com

Mona Samouni - pic from http://www.talestotell.wordpress.com


Survivor Mona Samouni, pictured above, tells her story to The Guardian Newspaper here. In January 2009, after Israel attacked a house they had sent civilians to, injured members of the extended Samouni family died slowly over days, totalling at least 48 deaths, as their family members desperately called every contact they could, including the local radio station, for help. Israel permitted no rescue. Days later, Israel allowed medics to rescue the few survivors, including children, not with their ambulances, but with donkey carts – which they had to pull themselves for several miles.

A retrieval of the bodies was not permitted until the ceasefire; this was documented by an international volunteer at www.talestotell.wordpress.com.

The Al Helou Family, Zaytoun, Gaza

Farah Al Helou, bled slowly to death with rescue prevented

Farah Al Helou, bled slowly to death with rescue prevented

A short walk from the Samouni house, 62 year old grandfather Fou’ad Al Helou and his 1 year old granddaughter Farah were shot by Israeli forces on January 4, 2009. Fou’ad died quickly but Farah slowly bled to death from a stomach wound, in her mother’s arms, over several hours. Her six year old sister Saja and her uncle Abdullah were also shot, and medical help was not permitted to reach them until the following day; they both survived. Their story was documented by international volunteers at www.ingaza.wordpress.com and at www.talestotell.wordpress.com

Two Brothers Die in Khan Younis due to Blocked Access, January 2009

This is recorded at www.talestotell.wordpress.com/Three Emails

To put here: exanded documentation of and references for the above, other reports of blocked access to the injured, and stats on how many died or had exacerbated injuries because of a lack of access. A focus on Israel’s ‘co-ordination’ policy and what this actually means on the ground. EW(and some from S)

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