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“We did not have time to bury the dead” in Nuseirat on Saturday, MSF doctor says

From CNN's Tim Lister, Kareem Khadder and Vasco Cotovio

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, “treated hundreds of severely injured patients, many of whom were children,” it said in a statement on Monday after an Israeli operation at the Nuseirat camp killed at least 270 Palestinians and left about 700 wounded, according to Gaza health authorities.

“Dozens of people were killed. We did not have time to bury them,” said a doctor, who MSF said preferred to remain anonymous.

The doctor spoke of several friends and acquaintances who had been killed. “The list is too long … and I will never see any of them again.”

The international non-governmental organization said it worked along with medical staff at Al-Aqsa and Nasser hospitals in Gaza.

The MSF doctor, who has lived in the Nuseirat camp since 2013, described living through “three hours of real terror and fear.” He said had gone to Al-Awda clinic in Deir al-Balah where he saw “dozens and dozens of people lying on the ground. Some of them were dead, others injured.”

“There were sounds of missiles and explosions everywhere. We didn’t know what was happening. Everyone was screaming and running away in every direction. We could hear the sirens from the ambulances. It felt as if it was the end of the world,” the doctor added.

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