Al Jazeera Net correspondents
Rafah crossing – The groans of the wounded and the groans of the sick returned Gaza stripAfter the Israeli occupation army resumed bombing residential neighborhoods and targeting civilians, after the temporary truce ended last Friday morning.
At the transit gate At the Rafah land crossing Which is considered a lifeline for the people of the besieged Strip. Ambulances are lined up in preparation to transport the injured who arrive after suffering and waiting to be transferred for treatment in Egyptian hospitals.
In front of the crossing on the Egyptian side, the eye of the observer does not fall on the wounded, except for some of them crying sad, or frantic, trying to hide his sorrow, but tears show it, or showing patience, but the crackle of his voice betrays him. They are waiting for security coordination, but this time from the Egyptian authorities.
Al Jazeera Net toured among the wounded waiting for Egyptian security coordination, as they groaned inside the ambulances whose doors opened and remained parked waiting for the start signal.
Wait for hours
“We wait for hours to enter Egypt for the security inspection,” says “Umm Samar,” who suffices with her name, in a low voice. She is accompanying her husband, who was injured in an Israeli bombing on Khan Yunis in the central Gaza Strip on the second day of the collapse of the truce.
The lady added sadly, “There are dozens of wounded people in the Gaza Strip who are being returned after arriving at the Rafah crossing from the Palestinian side, under the pretext of the obstructive security measures adopted by the occupation authorities. No wounded person can cross for treatment unless they have examined him and given security approval for his crossing.”
Two Palestinians were not lucky enough to leave the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing, after the occupation authorities contented themselves with marking a limited number of wounded who would be treated in Egypt, and they returned to where they came from, says – Muhammad Khaled – a pseudonym based on his wish, who works as a paramedic in an ambulance service. North Sinai.
The Egyptian paramedic points out that the security authorities in Egypt stop ambulances entering from the Palestinian side after receiving the wounded in the neutral zone of the Rafah land crossing, until their identities and the identities of those accompanying them are confirmed, and the wait may last for hours.
He confirmed that the security checkpoints located along the roads in… Sinai “Rafah – Al-Arish” and “Al-Arish – Al-Qantara Al-Sharq” stop ambulances and wait for a gathering of at least 6 cars to allow them to leave after searching for IDs, and this process is repeated at every security checkpoint.
In the same context, a private source inside Al-Arish General Hospital – who preferred to remain anonymous – told Al Jazeera Net that doctors are making strenuous efforts to preserve the lives of the wounded in hospitals in North Sinai.
He stressed that they are working hard at Al-Arish General Hospital and Bir Al-Abd Specialized Hospital, where they perform delicate surgeries daily for critical cases, but due to the delay in the arrival of the wounded, especially those with serious injuries, any attempt to save them is futile, and many of them die.
In turn, the head of the anesthesia department at Al-Arish General Hospital, Sami Anwar, said that his medical team is making double efforts around the clock to perform accurate operations on the injured, explaining that they are focusing especially on cases threatened by amputation and brain injuries that require immediate surgical intervention.
The Egyptian doctor pointed out that the injuries his team treats are “extremely horrific,” and many of them require plastic surgery. However, he explains that the high work pressure on doctors makes it difficult to perform these operations, as one operation takes more than 10 hours.
With a lump in his throat, the wounded Palestinian, “Muhammad Sabri,” 27 years old, said that the occupation planes bombed his family’s house suddenly and without any clear justifications, causing the house to be completely destroyed.
Speaking to Al Jazeera Net, Sabri added, “Unfortunately, the family members were asleep at that moment, and they could not leave in time due to their crowding.” Only Sabri – without any member of his family – was able to enter the Rafah crossing for treatment in Egyptian hospitals and without companions, due to the occupation’s security measures, according to him.
He added, “The unfair occupation measures against us increase my tragedy and that of others wounded in the Gaza Strip. We reach the Rafah crossing with difficulty, and we wait a long time to cross to the Egyptian side. We are surprised that we have to wait a long time in Egyptian territory for the authorities to finish security matters, and the time takes hours or a little less.” .
He added, “First aid is of no use in stopping the groaning of our wounds, which are often very difficult. We hope to reach hospitals faster to receive treatment, otherwise we will die in our country and under the rubble of our bombed homes.”
According to a special source for Al Jazeera Net at the Rafah land crossing, the crossing opens its gates only for the wounded and sick to cross from the Palestinian side to the Egyptian side, on the third day of the collapse of the temporary truce.