BBC Investigation Uncovers Civilian Casualties in Israeli Hostage Rescue Operation in Gaza

An investigation by BBC News has revealed the heavy civilian toll during an Israeli Special Forces raid to rescue two hostages in Rafa, southern Gaza. The operation, which successfully freed 60-year-old Fernando Simon Maron and 70-year-old Lou Har on February 12th, resulted in more than 70 deaths and numerous injuries, with many civilians among the casualties. The report includes harrowing accounts from civilians and medics who endured the violence, including a doctor from Médecins Sans Frontières who protected her children during the raid and a pregnant mother who lost her husband.

  • The Israeli military operation to rescue two hostages in Rafa, Gaza, resulted in over 70 deaths, including a high number of civilians.
  • A doctor from Médecins Sans Frontières shielded her children with her body and reported finding human remains in her home following the raid.
  • Dr. Javed Ali from Pakistan, working at an international field clinic, reported treating more than 20 patients, many of whom were women and children seeking refuge at the hospital.
  • Noara Al-Nar, a mother of six, was injured and her husband, Abed Al Rahman, was killed during the raid. Their children also suffered injuries, with one losing an eye.
  • The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) stated that their actions were in compliance with international law, claiming a commitment to minimizing civilian harm, and accused Hamas of using civilians as human shields.
  • The BBC report emphasized the ongoing suffering and despair of the civilians caught in the conflict, highlighting a message from the MSF doctor lamenting the futility of such messages and the continuous suffering of those who survive.

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