On January 12, 2024, near the Al-Maghazi refugee camp, Israeli troops stormed and captured a cemetery where fallen soldiers from the First World War were buried. This place of memory, preserved and protected for decades by the Gazans, hosts the graves of soldiers from dozens of different countries. An ecumenical cemetery where thousands of people of all religions who could be found in the allied troops of the war of 14-18 rest.
The Israeli army raised Israeli flags there to mark the symbolic capture
Israeli forces’ tanks have reached a cemetery near Maghazi refugee camp that holds graves of World War I soldiers, and captured footage of its soldiers praying near a Jewish soldier’s grave. Simultaneously, Israeli forces, using bulldozers, have destroyed many cemeteries of… pic.twitter.com/BIGnCnDp8J
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) January 12, 2024
At the same time, Israeli soldiers are methodically destroying and razing Gazan cemeteries. This is particularly the case in Jabaliya, Beit Hanoun and Khan Younis where the city’s largest cemetery has just been devastated.
The Al-Namsawi cemetery in the Al-Nasser hospital area of the city of Khan Younis was indeed deliberately destroyed. The majority of tombstones in this immense place of rest and memory were demolished by tanks and bulldozers, and dozens of bodies were excavated.
A cemetery was razed by the occupation forces whilst raiding the Austrian neighborhood in Khan Yours city.
تجريف مقبرة في الحي النمساوي بمدنية خانيونس pic.twitter.com/5pCzohzmbQ
— Eye on Palestine (@EyeonPalestine) January 17, 2024
These practices are not new. On December 13, 2023, Israeli tanks devastated the Faluja cemetery in Jabalyia in the northern Gaza Strip.
Invading Israeli tanks vandalize Palestinian graves in the Al-Faluja cemetery in Jabalia refugee camp, northern Gaza. pic.twitter.com/fF4sHKM4J8
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) December 13, 2023
The novelty of this umpteenth crime lies in the fact that the Israeli army took away the bodies of the Palestinians who were taken out of their graves.
The Israeli occupation forces exhume and steal several bodies from a cemetery in the Al-Namsawi neighborhood in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. pic.twitter.com/xdVz7wWPDa
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) January 17, 2024
Sources: WAFA / Eye on Palestine / Quds News Network / Palestine Chronicle / Times of Gaza
Photo: Quds News Network (AFPS montage)
Two cemeteries, that of the First World War in Al-Maghazi, where soldiers have been resting for more than a century and the other in Khan Younis, totally devastated by the Israeli army.