1,200 trapped under Gaza rubble as rescue efforts struggle

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GAZA — Approximately 1,200 individuals, including around 500 children, are believed to be trapped beneath the rubble in Gaza, according to health authorities who based their estimates on received distress calls.اضافة اعلان

Mohammed Abu Selmia, the general director of Shifa Hospital, Gaza's largest medical center, lamented the helplessness of medics who often hear victims' cries but cannot reach them, Associated Press reported.

Ali Ahad, a 37-year-old Gaza City resident, recounted how rescuers failed to arrive when Israeli airstrikes destroyed the neighboring residential building. He, along with his friends, rushed outside in their slippers, rummaged through the debris, and struggled to extract injured men and women, often covered in blood, using blankets. They even chased down an ambulance racing to Shifa Hospital, banging on its windows to make it stop so they could load their neighbors inside.

Ahad expressed the challenges they faced, remarking, "You have people like us using our hands, and we have zero experience doing such things. There is no infrastructure. There is no capacity."

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