Meet rescuer Ayman Shahwan

July 13, 2014

Originally posted here

AR-140719728.jpg&MaxW=960&imageVersion=defaultFor 15 years, Ayman Shahwan has raced his ambulance through the death and destruction of Gaza’s seemingly unending war with Israel.

Braving the threat of air strikes and shelling, he has ferried scores of wounded men, women and children — and presumably fighters — to hospital from the wreckage of bombed-out Gaza homes. Often, he arrives to the grim aftermath of body parts that he must also collect for the authorities to identify.

“Sometimes you think this could be the end of your life. But you have to do this because there is no one else who will,” Mr Shahwan, 42, said during a short break at Gaza City’s Tel Al Hawa neighbourhood ambulance station. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet rescuer Mohamad Shalouf: “I ran like I never did before”

July 13, 2014

12-11-20-09-40-55Mohammad Shallouf. Volunteer Rafah

“The Israeli occupation sows death and PRCS seeds life” by Raed Al Nems

originally posted on the PRCS website

Following a call to rescue a family whose home was bombarded on the 15th of November in Zu’rob neighborhood (South of Rafah, Gaza Strip), Mohamad Shalouf and his colleagues, were faced with a large number of injured Palestinians, mostly children.

Mohamad (27), who has been working as a volunteer with PRCS for the past 3 years, had heard all about the Israeli attack on the Strip back in 2008, but he never thought that he would find himself in the same situation, under Israeli bombardments, having to rescue victims from under the rubble. Not once did he imagine coming to the rescue of an entire family trapped under what remained of its home. Read the rest of this entry »

Warning shots reportedly fired at Al Wafa hospital, Gaza. Full attack threatened.

July 11, 2014

There are reports that Al Wafa rehabilitation hospital in the east of Gaza has been targetted with ‘warning pockets’ by the Israeli army, threatening a full attack. Eight international activists are heading there now in an attempt to protect it. Follow @jncatron on Twitter for live updates from the scene. Al Wafa was attacked with white phosphorous and machine gun fire in 2009, read a full report with pictures here.

 

update: Seven international activists are now at Al Wafa with staff and patients

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Photo from Manu Abu Carlos

Gaza under attack – a UK paramedic’s perspective

July 11, 2014

 

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originally posted here

July 9, 2014: Reading back through this blog will give you a glimpse into the healthcare system in Gaza, particularly the emergency services. During my three months as a UK paramedic visiting Gaza, I felt like I got a decent understanding of the situation that my Palestinian counterparts work in. I saw the mismatched selection of donated ambulances and equipment they work with, the empty shelves in ambulances where basic medical supplies should be stocked and saw bombed out ambulances, now hoisted onto the roof of the Red Crescent ambulance station in Gaza City as a reminder of the systematic targeting of rescue workers during previous Israeli offensives. Read the rest of this entry »

Photographs of damage to the Palestine Red Crescent Society EMS center in Jabaliya due to the Israeli shelling on the Gaza Strip

July 10, 2014

 

 

Originally posted on Palestine Red Crescent Society

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Damage to Red Crescent Society EMS Centre

July 10, 2014
 
Originally posted on Palestine Red Crescent Society 
 
July 9: Injuries and damages in the Palestinian Red Crescent Society EMS center in Jabaliya due to the Israeli shelling on the Gaza Strip

(Al Bireh – 09/07/2014): During the Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip, a number of shells hit the PRCS EMS center in Jabaliya at 9:30 pm Wednesday night. Nine of the PRCS EMTs and volunteers were slightly injured, while three EMTs suffered from bruises and fractures and were transferred to the PRCS Al Quds hospital in Gaza city. Moreover, three ambulances were completely destroyed and are now out of service and the building itself was damaged
The PRCS center was evacuated and its team and ambulances were transferred to the EMS center in Gaza city from where they will respond to the humanitarian needs of the Palestinians in Jabaliya.

 

Israel targeted Red Crescent ambulances, injured 3 medics

July 10, 2014

Pictures have emerged that appear to show an injured ambulance worker and damaged Red Crescent ambulances after Israeli air strikes hit land behind the ambulance station in Jabalia, northern Gaza this evening 09/07/2014). 3 injuries have been reported.

Originally posted on Islamic Invitation Turkey

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July 10, 2014

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UK Paramedic in Gaza: What I’ve been up to so far

April 19, 2014

Originally posted at Paramedics in Gaza

I’ve been in Gaza for nearly six weeks now, and I’ve largely found my feet. I plan my days around when there will be electricity, know when I’m being overcharged in a taxi and can drink 3 cups of sugary tea without getting the shakes. Countless meetings are finally paying off, and possibilities for work beyond observing are beginning to appear. This week I taught a First Aid session in the remote Bedouin community in the north, which I hope to repeat. Next week I’m teaching a basic trauma First Aid course for the Palestine Trauma Centre who sponsored us to come to Gaza. I’m particularly looking forward to it as the folks at the PTC have been so welcoming and do amazing work.

Beyond that, I’m working with the Ministry of Health to develop a training around ambulance pre-alerts to the Emergency Department, and making a presentation on the use of communications equipment in the UK ambulance service for their managers. They’re looking to develop in this area, despite the blockade on GPS and most communications equipment. The time I’ve spent here and conversations I’ve had increasingly point to equipment and economic limitations as the biggest issue for the health service here, rather than any lack of knowledge or ambition. Even when the present situation makes maintaining any service at all very difficult, there is an awareness of service improvement and a desire to plan for the future. I certainly don’t envy the managers here their jobs – it makes the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) look relaxed and over-resourced. Which is saying something.

I’m also meeting with the Red Crescent ambulance service to plan some work with them. Read the rest of this entry »

Israeli forces injure 5 medics after ‘targeting’ Gaza ambulance

April 12, 2014

Published yesterday (updated) 12/04/2014 10:05

 

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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Five Palestinian medics suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces fired a tear gas canister at their ambulance in the northern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.Spokesman for the Gaza Strip ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said that Israeli forces had “targeted” three military ambulances near the Eastern Cemetery east of Jabaliya.

The five medics were treated on the scene, he added.

The circumstances of the reported attack were not immediately clear.

An Israeli military spokeswoman had no information regarding the incident.


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