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More bodies exhumed from mass graves in wake of Israeli hospital occupation, as bombs rain on Gaza and US protesters rattle universities

MORE mass graves are being uncovered in the grounds of Khan Younis’s Nasser hospital, with the number of corpses exhumed at 283 when the Morning Star went to press.

Bodies have been found in four pits on the premises so far, echoing the grisly discovery of hundreds of slain Palestinians on the grounds of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

The Organisation for Islamic Co-operation (OIC) called on the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court to launch a probe into “a war crime, a crime against humanity, and organised state terrorism.”

The former is a UN court which rules on allegations against states, the latter formally applicable only to ratifying countries (which do not include Israel) and able to try individuals.

The OIC, a 57-member-state organisation mainly representing majority-Muslim countries, said that “hundreds of displaced, wounded, sick people and medical teams have been subjected to torture and abuse before being executed and buried collectively” by Israeli soldiers when they occupied the hospitals.

Israeli forces have now withdrawn from Khan Younis, and are reportedly preparing for an invasion of Rafah on the Egyptian border, where over 1.4 million people have taken refuge from its rampaging army.

Israeli bombs killed another seven Palestinians in Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp, following bombing raids over Rafah at the weekend.

Grandmother Ahalam al-Kurdi, who lost her son, daughter-in-law and four-year-old granddaughter in one of those raids, vowed to raise another granddaughter, Sabreen Jouda, born an orphan seconds after her mother’s death.

Emergency responders realised her dying mother was pregnant and were able to get Sabreen al-Sakani to a hospital where a caesarean section saved her daughter’s life. A premature baby, she is still at risk.

Half the world away in the US, protests over Israel’s war rock several universities. Between 40 and 50 were arrested at Yale and charged with trespass for protests calling on the university, the world’s third-richest, to divest from the arms trade. The US is Israel’s largest arms supplier.

At New York’s Colombia University, classes were held online only because of the impact of protests. The university’s president denounced anti-semitic language she said had occurred, though protest organisers said they will not tolerate any form of bigotry and are demonstrating against Israel’s war and complicit US institutions.

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