Mass Grave with 283 Bodies Uncovered at Gaza Hospital, Civil Defense Workers Say

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A mass grave containing 283 bodies has been uncovered at the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis, Gaza, following the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the area. Civil Defense workers allege some bodies were found with hands and feet tied, and signs of field executions. The discovery has sparked concerns about the handling of bodies and the search for missing individuals.

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A mass grave containing nearly 300 bodies has been uncovered at the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis, Gaza, following the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the area earlier this month. Civil Defense workers have been searching for bodies at the hospital for three days and have so far recovered 283 bodies, with 73 found on Monday alone.

Col. Yamen Abu Suleiman, Director of Civil Defense in Khan Younis, alleged that some of the bodies had been found with hands and feet tied, and signs of field executions. “We do not know if they were buried alive or executed. Most of the bodies are decomposed,” he said.

CNN has reached out to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for comment, including whether bodies that had been buried at the hospital had been disinterred for DNA tests and whether they had been reburied. The IDF has said it has removed dozens of bodies from Gaza for DNA tests in Israel, before returning the remains in containers.

The area around the Nasser Medical Complex saw intense bombardment and combat in January and February, and CNN reported on the burial of bodies in the hospital grounds at the time due to a lack of safe access to cemeteries.

Families of the victims have been searching for their loved ones, with some alleging that the IDF has dug up and switched the bodies, making it difficult to identify and find their relatives. The search for missing individuals continues, with Civil Defense personnel working to recover and identify the remains.

The discovery of the mass grave has sparked concerns about the handling of bodies and the search for missing individuals, with many calling for accountability and justice for the victims and their families.
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