Gaza Morgue Runs Out of Room
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
Shifa hospital in Gaza has struggled to keep pace with Israel’s punishing airstrikes. Bloomberg reports that the hospital’s morgue has three bodies crammed in each drawer, with dozens more lying on stretchers.
The refrigerated compartments at Shifa Hospital’s morgue in Gaza City were filled three bodies to a drawer.
Dozens more corpses wrapped in sheets lay on stretchers in the white-walled morgue [Sunday] as grieving parents identified sons who were killed in Israel’s most punishing aerial assault on the Gaza Strip in more than 40 years. Hospital corridors were jammed with wounded, many screaming as they waited for a doctor.
Gaza was saturated in death on the second day of Israel’s bombardment with brief funerals taking place in cemeteries throughout the 40-kilometer-long seaside territory. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says the goal is to inflict so much damage on Gaza’s rulers from the militant Hamas group that they stop firing rockets at Israel.