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ICRC: Infants left with mothers’ bodies

world Updated: Jan 09, 2009 00:32 IST
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The Red Cross accused Israel of failing to help wounded people in an area of Gaza where its rescuers found four small children huddling next to their dead mothers, too weak to stand up.

The Israeli military “failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded,” the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

It said Israeli soldiers tried to force the rescuers to leave when they finally reached the grisly scene in shell-battered Zeitun neighbourhood on Wednesday, four days after safe-passage had been requested.

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