Gaza's Iron Lady… Amira al-Azoli, a medic, braved sniper fire to help a wounded man.
Social media users circulated a video clip showing a doctor rushing to save a wounded man who had been shot in a tent in the courtyard of Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis on Friday evening.
A video clip that went viral on Saturday showed Dr. Amira al-Asouli crossing the distance between the hospital door and the tent as the wounded man lay down, running, head down, in the presence of the Israeli sniper. A team of doctors followed her, loaded the injured man on a stretcher and ran with him back to the hospital building.
The obstetrician and gynecologist says in another video clip that he used to work at the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip and is now a volunteer at the hospital, though he initially retired.
He adds: “Our mission was known” from the time we graduated from college, and we swore to help anyone in need. She continued: “May God remove fear from my heart. If I feel that there is a person who needs help, I will not think of myself.”
Amira al-Azoli left the Gaza Strip for Egypt in August 2023 to attend a conference and several training courses before Hamas launched an attack on southern Israel on October 7.
Al-Azoli returned to the Gaza Strip after the start of the war to participate in the provision of medical care to those injured in the Israeli attack and shelling. Social media pioneers praised the Palestinian doctor for what she did, giving her nicknames such as Iron Lady, Heroine of Khan Younis and Guerrilla Doctor.
The Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, in its eighteenth article, states that “Civil hospitals provided for the treatment of the wounded and sick shall under no circumstances be attacked, and shall be respected and protected by the parties to the conflict. At all times,” it confirmed that it would not be considered a harmful act, that wounded or sick soldiers were still receiving treatment in these hospitals, or that small arms and ammunition were taken from these soldiers. Given to efficient management.
Despite what was stipulated in the agreement, most of the hospitals in the Gaza Strip were damaged as a result of the Israeli bombardment, and most of them were put out of service. As the war in Gaza reaches its hundredth day, we review a few. Damage to the medical system in the strip.
On the evening of October 17, a bombing at the National Arab Hospital (Baptist) in Gaza killed 471 people, according to a statement released the next day by the Ministry of Health in Gaza. “The consequences of the massacre are indescribable,” said Mai al-Qaila, the health minister.
The targeting of Al-Baptist Hospital was the first in a series of attacks targeting medical facilities ranging from small medical centers and clinics to the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip, Al-Shifa Medical Complex.