Red Cross officials said rescue crews had received specific reports of casualties in the houses and had been trying since Saturday to send ambulances to the area, located in Zaytoun, a neighborhood south of Gaza City. They said the Israeli military did not grant permission until Wednesday afternoon.I don't claim to fully understand the complexities here, and I know just enough to be convinced there is no innocent victim on either side of this war (other than civilians minding their own business), but it does seem a bit ironic, after all the right-wing outrage at Georgia in the mid-campaign dust up with Russia that winger silence now (or worse, unquestioning defense of Israel) stands out as a great hypocrisy.
In an unusual public statement issued by its Geneva headquarters, the Red Cross called the episode "unacceptable" and said the Israeli military had "failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded."
When rescue workers from the Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent arrived at the site, they found 12 corpses lying on mattresses in one home, along with four young children lying next to their dead mothers, the Red Cross said. The children were too weak to stand and were rushed to a hospital, the agency said.