With over 1,060 people killed and more than 6,000 wounded, counting the dead is a full-time occupation for the 41-year-old spokesman for Gaza’s emergency services.
Since the operation began on July 8, Qidra has been sleeping just two hours a night on a mattress in his office, his staff updating him round the clock on the latest victims of the Israeli offensive, his phone constantly ringing with journalists seeking details of the latest toll.
He lies down for a rest, but his much-needed siesta is swiftly interrupted as an aide rushes in.
“Doctor Qidra, there are many many dead and injured in a shelling on Shuhada hospital!” exclaims a breathless assistant.
The 41-year-old immediately begins scribbling down notes as phones ring and a wireless radio crackles with news of more death and injury across war-torn Gaza.
He calls the hospitals, coordinating efforts to keep track of the wounded.
“There’s no safe place from the Israeli shelling,” says Qudra, a tall man with a neatly-trimmed beard who has been doing the job for four years.
“They targeted Al-Wafa hospital, Shahada hospital and the European hospital, which I feared would happen,” he said.
“I don’t doubt they’ll hit this hospital at some point,” he says, watching out the window as an ambulance unloads more of the wounded.
“The enemy has gone beyond insane, there’s disaster after disaster.”
Unpaid for months
Figures released by the UN’s humanitarian agency OCHA indicate nearly three quarters of the victims were civilians and around a quarter of them children.
And it says 18 hospitals, clinics and medical centres have been hit and damaged by Israeli shelling.
Israel has lost 43 soldiers, and three civilians have been killed by cross-border projectiles.
Al-Shifa is the largest of Gaza’s seven hospitals, all of which have been working around the clock since the Israel operation began on July 8 with the aim of eradicating cross-border rocket fire, which later expanded into a ground operation.
A call comes in on the landline — five more dead and at least 70 wounded, among them doctors and paramedics in a strike on Shuhada hospital in Khan Younis.
The phone rings again. But this time it’s his wife.
Qidra cracks a rare smile and asks after his four children, reassuring them that he’s still safe and well.
He has seen his family only once in the past three weeks.
“I miss them,” he admits.
And like many ordinary Gazans, he struggles to support them.
Despite his crucial role, Qidra, who recently qualified as a doctor, has not been paid for several months.
Until two months ago, he was spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, but the Islamist movement — which administered Gaza until handing over responsibility to a Ramallah-based government in June — ran out of funds to pay its government workers.
But he does not consider himself allied to Hamas, insisting his work is a humanitarian duty.
“I believe strongly in my humanitarian mission,” he says of a job which involves answering around 700 phonecalls per day.
Every evening, he holds a news conferences at the hospital at which he reads out the figures and names of the victims.
But long before, every detail is meticulously recorded in near-constant postings in Arabic on both Twitter and Facebook.
For journalists covering the conflict, Qudra is the sole source of information. With numbers rising so quickly, sometimes by 100 deaths per day, it would be an impossible task to independently verify every casualty.
Qidra insists his numbers add up.
“The statistics we use and publish are accurate and objective,” he says, proud but weary.
His first experience of a major conflict between Israel and Hamas was in November 2012 when 177 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed in an eight-day confrontation.
This time, he admits, the conflict has definitely affected him emotionally.
“I see corpses and body parts all the time,” he says.
“But what really gets to me is the sight of women and children who’ve been killed in shellings.”
81 Notre Dame Law Review1275(2006). Conducting an in-depth study of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and also discussing other genocides, this article details the inadequacy of many of the international community’s response to genocides, such as “targeted sanctions” or international peacekeeping forces. Examining international legal authorities such as the Genocide Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice, the article demonstrates that groups which are being subjected to genocide have a legal right of self-defense. International treaties, Security Council arms embargoes, or national gun control laws cannot lawfully be enforced in a manner which prevents self-defense resistance to a genocide in progress, because under international law, the prohibition against any form of complicity in genocide takes legal precedence over lesser laws. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen. In PDF.
For who does not understand the need or concept of resistance of Palestine, recommended read:
The History of Resistance – The Eagle of Palestine
- Special Topic – All Israeli Massacres on Palestinians
- iRemember… – Confirmed Names of Martyrs Occupation 2011 *
- Special Topic – Ethnic Cleansing
- Israeli escalation in Gaza – A “cover-up for settlement activity
- UN: Israel killed 2,300 & injured 7,700 people in Gaza in 5 years – Source
- The Palestinian Right of Self Defense
- Brayer: The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance – Source
- No. Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory – Source
MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT THE ROCKETS FROM GAZA
- The “Rocket” from Gaza Myth – Photography
- More facts about the Rocket from Gaza Myths – Storify
- Half the story: What @IDFSpokesperson leaves out about #Gaza ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Israel and #Gaza: Context Behind Projectile Fire ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Truths and lies behind Israel’s attacks on Gaza and its whining about rockets ~ by @AliAbunimah
- Israel is not looking for peace. Nor talks. But: This
- March 23, 2012 | Gaza Siege Harshness Continues. Israel’s committing slow-motion genocide ~ by Stephen Lendman
- March 18, 2012 | A “Leaflet” to the World about it’s own “forgotten” Extermination Camp called Gaza
- Sept 5, 2013 | “Slow Death” -International report says collective punishment of Gaza has reached critical stage – Incl Full Report PDF
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Martyred By Israeli Occupation Attacks
انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون
May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar
* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.
Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.
How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.