WEST BANK: MEDICAL WORKERS IN JENIN BEGIN COLLECTING WOUNDED PALESTINIANS FOR HOSPITAL TREATMENT / SMALL...
- Title: WEST BANK: MEDICAL WORKERS IN JENIN BEGIN COLLECTING WOUNDED PALESTINIANS FOR HOSPITAL TREATMENT / SMALL SCUFFLES BREAK OUT OVER AID DELIVERY IN BETLEHEM
- Date: 13th April 2002
- Summary: (U4) JENIN, WEST BANK (APRIL 13, 2002) (REUTERS) MV: EXTERIOR / AMBULANCE DRIVING AROUND STREET VARIOUS OF WOUNDED WOMAN BEING TAKEN ON STRETCHER INTO HOSPITAL (2 SHOTS) VARIOUS OF DOCTORS TREATING WOUNDED IN HOSPITAL (2 SHOTS) SCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WOUNDED MAN IN BED SHOWING BANDAGED CALVES SAYING "I'm injured everywhere, and here (points at his right calf) it's broken." WOUNDED MAN LYING IN BED; PAN WOMAN LYING IN BED MV: EXTERIOR MOSQUE SV: REFUGEES FROM JENIN REFUGEE CAMP ENTERING MOSQUE WIDE OF REFUGEES INSIDE MOSQUE SV: OLD WOMAN REFUGEE CU: OLD WOMAN REFUGEE SITTING ON FLOOR SCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED REFUGEE WOMAN SAYING "When we lose one of us (Palestinians), we get a thousand more. All of us are struggling to end this (Israeli offensive), not only us in the camp, but everywhere and both civilians and the gunmen. So, don't think that if they kill a thousand of us our resistance is over." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) REFUGEE WOMAN AND CHILDREN; PAN TO UNIDENTIFIED CHILD IN TEARS SAYING "Where are all the leaders who are sitting in their nice chairs? They should come here and see what happened. There are no leaders who do the right thing." VIEW THROUGH WINDOW OF MOSQUE / ISRAELI TANKS MOVE ALONG ROAD BELOW (2 SHOTS)
- Reuters ID: LVA8F4IB9DOVQIMW7063NRL0CALG
- Location: JENIN AND BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Duration: 00:02:43
- Topics: Conflict,General,Health,Politics
- Story Text: Medical workers in Jenin city have begun collecting wounded Palestinians for treatment in hospital.
In Bethlehem, small scuffles broke out when people fought over boxes of aid delivered, as food and water supplies grow scarce in the West Bank town which has been under siege for the past 12 days.
Dozens of Palestinians were brought into hospital for treatment in Jenin on Saturday (April 13, 2002).
A doctor described finding some bodies covered with bruises from beatings by Israeli soldiers.
"I'm injured everywhere", said one man, pointing to his bandaged calves.
Residents had complained that, during the offensive, Israeli troops had prevented evacuation of dead and wounded and had stopped ambulances from entering the city.
The army has responded to residents' reports of bodies left lying in the streets and alleyways, by saying gunmen have been mainly to blame for refusing to hold their fire.
Jenin's refugee quarter and its vicinity was the scene of the worst of the fighting in the latest Israeli offensive, with some of the bloodiest resistance by Palestinian gunmen.
Hospital sources say several thousand people of the camp's 13,000 inhabitants fled or have been forced out.
One group from Jenin's camp had sought refuge in one of the city's mosques. Despite their plight, members of the group remain defiant. A woman of the group said: "All of us are struggling to end this (Israeli offensive), not only us in the camp, but everywhere and both civilians and the gunmen. So, don't think that if they kill a thousand of us our resistance is over."
One little girl complained, "Where are all the leaders? They should come here and see what happened. There are no leaders who do the right thing."
The army has denied allegations of Israeli atrocities and said soldiers were doing their utmost to avoid civilian casualties in Jenin, which the army regards as a stronghold of militants behind attacks on Israelis.
In Bethlehem, small scuffles broke out as people fought over boxes of aid delivered by Italian charitable organisations.
With the city under Israeli siege for the last 12 days, food and water supplies are running low.
More than 100 Palestinians, many of them armed, have been trapped inside the Church of the Nativity compound since fleeing an the Israeli incursion into the town.
Israel has promised not to damage the church, but has vowed to keep it surrounded until the gunmen surrender.
The Israeli army has said at least 200 Palestinians have been been killed in Israel's 15-day-old West Bank offensive which, Israel said, was launched to root out militants after a wave of suicide bombings killed scores of Israelis.
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