Mahmoud Abu Nujaila
Mahmoud Abu Nujaila was a Palestinian human rights defender, medical doctor, and humanitarian healthcare worker with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). During the 2023 Israeli hostilities in Gaza, he was on the front lines, treating the wounded and injured, risking his life in an extremely hostile situation.
Tragically, on 21 November 2023, Mahmoud Abu Nujaila was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Al Awda Hospital, along with two other doctors and human rights defenders. He was in the facility treating patients when the third and fourth floors were targeted; the hospital was one of the last remaining partly functional hospitals in northern Gaza.
At the end of October 2023, Mahmoud Abu Nujaila wrote on a whiteboard, normally used for planning surgeries, the following: "Whoever stays until the end will tell the story. We did what we could. Remember us."