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Mass graves discovered at Gaza’s Shifa hospital and in Beit Lahiya

Children watch as people bury the bodies of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes at a mass grave in Rafah, the southern Gaza Strip, March 7, 2024. (Photo by Reuters)

Teams of Gaza’s Health Ministry and Civil Defense Forces have discovered two mass graves in the north of the Gaza Strip, following a days-long search.

The first mass grave was discovered at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and the second in Beit Lahiya.

At least nine bodies were found before the health officials stopped digging, fearing that they could get targeted by the Israeli drones hovering in the skies above them.

The uncovered bodies had not fully decomposed, which indicated they had been killed recently.

Some of the people who had been killed and buried appear to have been patients at the hospital and had medical bandages attached to their bodies.

Doctors and staff from the hospital said they witnessed killings and burials. Some people were killed outside the main gate of the hospital.

Palestinian media reports say criminal investigation teams along with the health ministry will continue the search for more bodies.

Israeli forces have attacked and besieged the Shifa complex several times since October 7, leaving it largely in ruins.

In Beit Lahiya, another mass grave containing about 20 decomposed bodies was discovered. Witnesses and residents said the bodies belong to the Al-Assaf family.



Hamas decries Israeli ‘war crimes’ at Shifa Hospital

The Palestinian resistance movement said the mass grave includes “several decomposing bodies” Israeli forces hid under the rubble before withdrawing from the medical complex earlier this month.

The latest discovery shows there are “no limits” to what Israeli forces are willing to do, Hamas said.

The regime can keep committing crimes since the international community remains silent in the face of this “genocide,” the resistance movement said.

Hamas underscored Israel’s “clear and well-documented war crimes” in the discovery of mass graves in Shifa, “cases of execution, and the hundreds of bodies that remain under the rubble.”

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