Norwegian doctor in Gaza: – We’re wading in blood
January 4, 2009 § 23 Comments
They bombed the central vegetable market in Gaza City two hours ago. 80 injured, 20 killed. All was brought here to Shifa [Hospital]. Hades! We’re wading in death, blood and amputees. Many children. Pregnant woman. I’ve never experienced anything this horrible. We’re hearing tanks now. Tell it, pass it on, shout it. DO SOMETHING! DO MORE! We’re living in the history books now, all of us!
This is a text message (my translation) sent from the Norwegian anesthesiologist and professor in emergency medicine Mads Gilbert to the Norwegian media. Gilbert and surgeon Erik Fosse are currently the only European health care workers on the Gaza Strip.
They managed to get in via Egypt last week, and are now working alongside their Palestinian colleagues in the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The two doctors, who have much experience with working in war zones, are in Gaza on behalf of the Norwegian Aid Commitee (NORWAC).
The latest news tell of 500 Palestinians killed and 2500 wounded. The UN believes a quarter of those killed are civilians and has warned of a worsening humanitarian crisis, according to BBC News. In contrast 9 Israelis have been killed by the primitive rockets of the Hamas.
We should heed the call of Prof. Gilbert and protest the aggressive operation of the Israeli forces, and demand an immediate ceasefire. This carnage has got to end!