Israel Accused of Stealing Organs from Dead Palestinians

Warga Palestina mencari para korban di reruntuhan gedung di Gaza, yang hancur akibat serangan Israel.
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Israel – The Euro-Med Monitor human rights group has accused Israel of stealing dead bodies from Gaza's medical facilities for potential illegal organ harvesting.

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A report released by the human rights group said that the Israeli army has taken bodies from the Al-Shifa Medical Complex and the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as other locations in the south of the beleaguered Palestinian territory. 

Gaza's medical experts have found evidence that suggests organs were missing from several bodies that were returned to their families, including corneas and other organs, as reported from Newarab site. 

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A full examination of the released bodies was still not possible amid Israel's ferocious airstrikes and the influx of patients, they added. 

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“Israel is thought to be the biggest hub for the illegal global trade in human organs,” the Euro-Med report stated as an investigation that also showed Israel engaging in organ theft from the bodies of dead Palestinians.

The Geneva-based organisation also accused Israel of keeping the bodies in freezing temperatures (below 40 degrees Celsius), possibly to hide organ theft.

Israel has a history of keeping Palestinian bodies. Euro-Med said that at least 145 were being held in morgues, about 255 in a secret 'Numbers Cemetery' facility near the Jordanian border, while 75 others are still missing and not identified.

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Some of these bodies are said to be kept in hidden mass graves – known as "enemy combatant graves” – in military areas, marked only with metal plates.

The health ministry in Gaza said it had to bury scores of bodies of unidentified Palestinians in mass graves multiple times throughout Israel's indiscriminate war on Gaza, which has killed more than 15,000 Palestinians to date, most of them women and children.

"We have documented all the bodies and photographed all of distinguishing marks of them before burying them in the mass grave," the head of the government’s press office, Salama Maarouf said. 

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