The child, Elias Abu Shamala, arrived at Nasser Medical Complex in the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, suffering from fourth-degree burns throughout his body, as a result of an Israeli missile falling on his house on October 12, 2023, causing the death of his mother and three brothers.
Abu Shamala (8 years old) escaped death after civil defense services were able to recover him with burns all over his body. He was transferred to Nasser Hospital amid persistent attempts by doctors to save his life. Doctors’ attempts continued for two weeks, but the lack of medicines and fuel prevented him from being rescued, according to a video report broadcast by Reuters, and confirmed by the American Al-Hurra channel, which reported the funeral of the murdered child.
The investigator examined the condition of the child, Abu Shamala, while he was staying in the hospital, and obtained a certificate from the doctor treating him. It was found that he had suffered severe fourth-degree burns as a result of an Israeli missile that fell on his house.
Abu Shamala is one of thousands of wounded and martyrs in the Gaza Strip who suffered severe and unprecedented burns, which reached the point of melting the bones of some martyrs, according to medical certificates obtained by the author of the investigation. In turn, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Yousef Abu Al-Rish, spoke to the media on October 24, saying, “We have patients with 80% burns, which indicates the use of new weapons.” This was repeated by the director of the Indonesian hospital, Dr. Atef Al-Kahlot, after about 400 people were killed and wounded in Jabalia camp, saying that “most of the bodies and wounded suffered from severe wounds and burns that indicate the use of new types of weapons.”